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Our Guests and Friends

The people we serve…

website-homepage-picEach month, the Rhode Island Community Food Bank serves 57,000 guests through its network of member agencies across the state.

Everyone has their own unique story but we have selected a few to show you how the Food Bank – through your support – is making a difference.


Helping Seniors Make Ends Meet

Each month, Lisa receives a supplemental food box to ensure she has enough food.

It used to be easier. Without the box, I’d be out of food stamps faster.”


Jason Medeiros and Joseph Fortes

From Student to Chef

Joseph has started a career in the restaurant industry, thanks to the Community Kitchen culinary job training program.

I’d always liked cooking. That was a big motivator for me.”


Guest getting groceriesA Helping Hand

The Jonnycake Center of Westerly lends a helping hand to Rachel who struggles with Stage 4 cancer and its complications.

It’s definitely a helping hand to people who need it.


Getting a Meal from the WARM Center

The WARM Center helps Norman with food assistance, clothes, and access to other essential services.

Thank God for WARM.”


Job Training for a Brighter Future 
Through the Community Kitchen job training program, Tahlia learned the skills to kickstart her culinary career.

“I feel like I’m a better person than I was at the start of class. I’ve learned to accept help and how to help people.”


Taking Care of Seniors Every Day
Senior Services Coordinator Lindsay Sgambato helps ensure that nearly 1,500 seniors receive a box of nutritious food each month.

“I think that all the work that’s being done here is being done for the good of other people. It’s refreshing, it feels good to come in and be a part of that.” 


Kristi Bussler picks up groceries in JohnstonStruggling to Make Ends Meet
Kristi fights to support her family during difficult economic times.

“Three years ago, it was an especially bad winter. It just never ended and I had no car and couldn’t afford heat in the house. We heated up water on the stove to take baths. I didn’t even mind it for me, but, for my son, it was terrible.”


Becoming Who He Was Always Meant to Be
Chef Nick graduates from Community Kitchen to teach others the trade.

“I jumped at the opportunity, using all of the skills I had learned in Community Kitchen during the interview process. I was prepared and they hired me.”


heather-st-edwardsWithout the Food Bank, Where Would We Be?
Read the story of Heather, a client at St. Edward Food and Wellness Center.

“When I was little, we went to bed hungry. People just don’t understand. We don’t have the resources, especially toward the end of the month, so we rely on these agencies.”


Waiting Her Turn
Twenty percent of the people served at our member agencies are seniors like Dora.

Learn more about her family and the help they receive at the Olneyville Food Center.