Community Resources

The Food Bank’s Community Resource team 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.

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:

  • SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program) Toolkit
  • Keeping Rhode Island Healthy
      • Our Keeping Rhode Island Healthy resource was designed to help member agencies become fluent in healthcare solutions for low-income populations in Rhode Island. The resources covers a wide range of common health topics such as family medicine, emergency medical care, and more. It also covers additional resources for guests that do not have health coverage.

For questions, please email Jacob Tonseth, Community Resource Coordinator here.

Outreach & Training Requests

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 Lihna Agostini, Community Outreach Manager at

Monthly Community Resource Lists

Each month, the Community Resource includes a compilation of detailed and up-to-date 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 Jacob Tonseth, Community Resource Coordinator here.

Featured Community Resources

February 2023: Social Justice & Minority Support

These resources are valuable to Rhode Islanders in need of assistance with advocacy/support or legal resources for social justice & minority support. Access it in English and Spanish and share widely!

January 2023: Tax Resources

These resources are valuable to Rhode Islanders in need of assistance preparing their taxes. Access it in English and Spanish and share widely!

December 2022: Preparing for Winter

These resources are valuable to Rhode Islanders in need of assistance preparing for Winter. Access it in English and Spanish and share widely!

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.

State 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. The Food Bank’s SNAP Outreach program provides SNAP information and assistance to guests of our member agencies. Our trained staff assists families and individuals in filling out and applying for the program. Learn more about our SNAP Outreach Program here.

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.

Links to Other Local Community 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.

Agency services include assitance for employment, education, housing, health, youth and family, financial services, senior services and counseling.

Statewide Agencies Providing Basic Needs Services

Children and Families

Education & Employment

Energy & Utilities




Mental Health, Behavioral and Developmental:


Social Services

Statewide Emergency