2018 Agency Services Conference

Working Together to End Hunger

DHS Director Courtney Hawkins addresses the 2018 Member Agency Conference.

Each year, the Food Bank’s Agency Services team hosts an annual conference to bring together volunteers and staff from our member agencies to share best practices and honor outstanding work.

In addition this year, invited speakers discussed ways to collaborate to provide the best programs and services to guests at our member agencies.

Speakers included:

  • Courtney Hawkins, Director,
    Rhode Island Department of Human Services
  • Marisa Albanese, Manager of Community and Customer Management
    National Grid

Speakers spent time explaining programs available to agency guests then answered questions from attendees. In addition, representatives from both agencies stayed behind to hold more detailed conversations.

Best Practice Award Winners

These agencies received special recognition for their outstanding and innovative efforts to better serve their guests.

Bread of Life Food Pantry

Tom Kennedy accepts the Best Practice Award for Church of the Master Meal Site.

Incorporated an express shopping model for those guests that just need to get in and out of the pantry as quickly as possible.

Church of the Master Meal Site

Focused efforts on matching volunteers with the most appropriate job to maximize their comfort levels, competencies and happiness.

North Kingstown Food Pantry

Developed a Vacation Nutrition Program to address the problem of hunger during school vacations and mobilize community support to ensure their program is nutritious and successful.

Sister Carol McGovern Award Winner

Priscilla Feeney (center) received the Sister Carol McGovern Award for her work at the N Kingstown Food Pantry.

The Sister Carol McGovern Award is given to honor someone who  for their work on the front lines to alleviate hunger and poverty at a Food Bank member agency.

This year’s award was presented to Priscilla Feeney with the North Kingstown Food Pantry at the Food Bank’s annual Agency Services Conference on Friday, May 18 at Harbor Lights in Warwick.

Priscilla volunteers as the food buyer for the pantry ordering food to support 1,300 individuals and families. She takes inventory of what’s in stock and orders supplies from the Food Bank and other sources like Dave’s Market, Stop & Shop and Dollar Tree.

About the Award
Sister Carol McGovern was Co-Director of Amos House from 1983-1995 and she was a founding board member of the Food Bank from 1983-1990.  The Sister Carol McGovern Award is a tribute to her lifetime of work assisting others.

This award is presented to an individual representing a member agency that works on the front lines – alleviating and preventing hunger, enabling individual self-sufficiency and empowering the communities in which they work.  The individual will be honored for exemplifying Sister Carol’s ideals and providing outstanding community service.