Community Resources

Community Resources Pierce Manor 3The Food Bank’s Community Resource Coordinator researches and compiles user-friendly and reliable community resource information for member agencies and their clientele. Covering a wide range of topics, these resources primarily address the basic needs services necessary to sustain and improve the quality of life for those individuals and families seeking food assistance. Many of the resources can be downloaded from this section of the website.

Outreach & Training Visits

Food Bank member agencies can request outreach visits and training on ways to effectively use these materials and make quality referrals. With minimal training on these resources, member agencies will have the basic ability to assist clients in those critical moments when their needs are immediate and pressing. To learn more about outreach training or to set-up a visit, email Hope Indeglia O’Brien, Agency Services Manager, at

Help us stay Current!

Community event announcements, topic suggestions, information changes & updates and all resources information should be sent to Community Impact Director, Erica Hanson.

Resource Materials and Toolkits

Community Resource Toolkits are designed for Food Bank member agency staff & volunteers to use to make quality referrals and for people seeking information about where to access the basic services they need.  Our toolkits provide a collection of basic needs resources.

To access any of these kits, email Hope Indeglia O’Brien, Agency Services Manager at

Monthly Community Resource Lists

Each month, the Community Resource Coordinators compile a detailed and up-to-date list of links to basic needs resources focused on a specific topic. The topics are selected based on timeliness or concerns expressed by member agencies. All resources are verified before being added to the list, so users can be assured they are accurate and relevant on the date published.

If you would like to recommend a specific topic or contribute a useful resource, email Hope Indeglia O’Brien, Agency Services Manager at

This Month’s Featured Community Resources:

Resources for the LGBTQ+ Community

Do you or someone that you love identify as LGBTQ+? However a person identifies, they should have access to resources to meet not only their basic needs, but have rich opportunities to build community, develop professionally and live freely and authentically. Please use this guide to find programs and services right here in Rhode Island and beyond for LGBTQ+ communities.

Access it in English and Spanish and please share widely!

Legal Assistance Resources

This month’s resource list may help people access appropriate and affordable legal assistance for a variety of situations, like evictions, discrimination, expungement, public benefits, and more.

Access it in English and Spanish and please share widely!

Past Month’s Community Resources:

Isolation: An unseen struggle

To keep each other safe, we’ve all been quarantined and socially-distanced since March.

Make sure to reach out to a person who might be feeling lonely! The Samaritans of Rhode Island maintain a volunteer-staffed Crisis Hotline/Listening line. Need to talk? Call (401) 272-4044 or 1-800-365-4044.

Services for Seniors & Adults with Disabilities

Older adults have greater difficulty accessing the supports they need to live comfortably. Food insecurity also compromises the health and well-being of seniors, especially if they have medical crises or lack of mobility. Our Resource Outreach Toolkit provides essential resources to better support and serve seniors and adults with disabilities.

Food Assistance Programs

SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program)

Formerly known as the Food Stamp Program, The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) can help individuals and families buy food.

SNAP Outreach: We have a collection of guidelines, forms, flyers, and materials that can be used to provide detailed information on the SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program) to your clients. To obtain copies of these flyers, email Hope Indeglia O’Brien, Agency Services Manager at

Eat Better Today – Univ. of RI SNAP Outreach Project

The URI SNAP Outreach Project helps low-income individuals and families access the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, SNAP. Outreach workers can answer questions about SNAP, help determine potential eligibility for SNAP benefits, and provide support with the application process.

WIC – Women, Infants & Children

WIC‘s primary mission, as an adjunct to good healthcare, is to provide education for optimal nutrition during critical stages of growth and development. The program provides an array of support for families including breastfeeding support and promotion; referrals to needed medical and social services in the community; and assessment of client nutritional status.

Food Assistance Policy Resources

Rhode Island Food Policy Council

The Rhode Island Food Policy Council envisions a day when Rhode Island’s food system will be a national model because of the strength of its local food system and its success at achieving community food security and optimal public health.

Feeding America

Feeding America is the nation’s leading domestic hunger-relief charity. Their mission is to feed America’s hungry through a nationwide network of member food banks and engage our country in the fight to end hunger. The RI Community Food Bank is a member.

Feinstein Center for a Hunger Free America

The URI Feinstein Center for a Hunger Free America is an educational center committed to developing solutions to the problem of hunger in Rhode Island and nationwide. The center promotes education, research, and outreach on the causes and the consequences of hunger and the study of policies and programs aimed at alleviating hunger.

Food Resource and Action Center (FRAC)

The Food Research and Action Center (FRAC) is the leading national nonprofit organization working to improve public policies and public-private partnerships to eradicate hunger and undernutrition in the United States.

Nutrition Education

Healthy Habits Nutrition Education

The Healthy Habits nutrition education team has been recording recipes and educational sessions that can be used by anyone with internet access. Healthy Habits is currently accepting invitations to host virtual classes and workshops at member agencies for guests, staff, and volunteers. Find the Healthy Habits page here.

For more information, contact Community Nutrition Manager Melissa Martland-Kile at

National Resource Center on Nutrition and Aging

The National Resource Center on Nutrition and Aging (NRC) is designed to assist the national aging network, including local nutrition programs as well as national associations and state and regional agencies involved with aging, in the implementation of the nutrition portions of the Older Americans Act.

SNAP-Ed Connection

The SNAP-Ed Connection is a dynamic online resource center for state and local SNAP-Ed providers.

Links to Directories and Resources

2-1-1, By The United Way of Rhode Island

2-1-1 is the fastest and easiest way to get information when you need it. 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

Economic Progress Institute

The Economic Progress Institute works to promote economic security for low- and modest-income Rhode Islanders and ensure tax policies are equitable and adequate to fund public services. They accomplish this through research, policy analysis, education and advocacy.


The RI KIDS COUNT is a children’s policy and advocacy organization that provides information on child well-being, stimulates dialogue on children’s issues, and promotes accountability and action.

Rhode Island Community Action Association (CAPs)

The Rhode Island Community Action Association is a statewide network of Community Action Programs (CAP agencies) who, for over forty years, have been the safety net for economically disadvantaged and working poor families. Individually and collectively the agencies are working to eliminate the causes and effects of poverty and to open doors to self-sufficiency and better lives.

Statewide Agencies Providing Basic Needs Services