Workshops & Meetings

2017 Workshop Schedule

Agency Services Conference 2016To register for workshops, please call Liz O’Dea at 401-230-1706 at least one week in advance. Registration is required.

Lunch & Learn workshops include lunch for registered participants. Please let us know if you have any special dietary needs or preferences (we’ll do our best to accommodate you!).

For a printable list of workshops, click here.

**In case of inclement weather, please call the Food Bank first to make sure we will be open.

Agency Services Workshop Menu

Registration is required. Please call Liz one week in advance at 230-1706.
Lunch & Learn workshops provide lunch to registered participants!
Please let us know if you have any special dietary needs or preferences-we’ll do our best to accommodate you!


Cultural Competency Series: “Listening Beyond Words”

Thursday, September 28 from 11:30 AM – 1:00 PM
A Lunch & Learn Workshop

Agency Services staff will be presenting the Samaritans of RI’s program on non-judgmental listening, suicide warning signs and how this information can help you serve some of the most vulnerable populations who may be hopeless, alone or suicidal even better. The workshop will help you know what to say and do, and provide resources to make quality referrals to those in need.


Agency Advisory Committee Quarterly Meeting

Tuesday, October 10th from 4:00 PM – 5:00 PM

Join Agency Advisory Committee Representatives to hear from and ask questions of RI Legal Services about DHS programs and your guests’ legal rights. The business portion of the meeting for Regional AAC Reps will take place from 3:30-4:00 PM.

Nobody’s Just Hungry: Basic Needs Training

Wednesday, October 11th from 12:00 PM – 2:00 PM (Lunch provided)

Food Bank member agencies provide critical food assistance services to thousands of Rhode Islanders. However, we understand that nobody’s just hungry. Many people struggling with food security also struggle with meeting other basic needs such as housing, health care, utilities and employment. At this training, you will gain a working knowledge of the basic needs safety net, and how to connect guests to these resources/services.

Annual Meeting and Dinner

Wednesday, October 25th from 4:30 PM – 6:00 PM

The agenda for the meeting will include: the election of the Board of Directors by you, our member agencies, and a report from the Food Bank Board and Staff.
We encourage you to send a representative from your agency.
Invitations and the Board of Directors slate will be sent to agencies via email.
Please RSVP to Liz at 230-1706 by October 18th.


Nutrition Education: Healthy Holidays on a Budget

Wednesday, November 8th from 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM (Food Demo Included)

The holidays can get busy, stressful and expensive. Celebrating and enjoying this time of year can be fun, special and low budget! Join the nutrition education team as they go through healthy, easy, inexpensive but incredibly yummy recipes. We will sample a recipe (or two!) and have many others to take home with other ideas and handouts to help you and your pantry guests enjoy the most of the holiday celebrations!


FAQ Year in Review!

Online & Ongoing December 1th – 18th

This holiday season, we offer this workshop in the form of an email series. Starting on December 1st, we will send you one of our Community Resource FAQs each weekday through December 18th (check your inbox for emails from Hope Indeglia O’Brien with the subject line: FAQ Year in Review). At the end of the 12 days of emails, you will have a Community Resource library filled with FAQs on topics ranging from Job Training to Heating Assistance. The first 5 agencies to sign up will receive a customized Community Resource binder to house the FAQs for future reference & referrals!

Agency Orientations

Agency orientations are required for any new staff members, as well as anyone who orders, shops off the shelves or picks up food at the Food Bank. Orientations are also a good resource for anyone who would like to brush up on the Food Bank knowledge.

  • September 27 (Wednesday) from 11:00 AM – 1:00 PM
  • October 4 (Wednesday) from 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM
  • October 24 (Tuesday) from  12:00 PM – 2:00 PM
  • November 16 (Thursday) from 12:00 PM – 2:00 PM
  • December 14 (Thursday) from 10 AM – 12:00 PM

To register for an upcoming agency orientation, call Liz O’Dea at 401-230-1706.

Please let us know 48 hours in advance if you need to cancel so that we may contact those on our waiting list. Orientations are held at the Food Bank: 200 Niantic Avenue, Providence, RI 02907

Regional Meetings

The Food Bank coordinates regional meetings in Newport, Providence and Woonsocket as opportunities for member agencies in those areas to get together and share resources. For information on upcoming meetings, contact Kristina Fox at 401-230-1701.