Workshops & Meetings

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!).

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

Agency Services Workshop Menu


Nobody’s Just Hungry: Basic Needs Training

Wednesday, February 27 from 12:00 PM – 2:00 PM
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. Lunch will be provided.


Nutrition Education: Going Further with Food

Wednesday, March 13 from 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM
Its National Nutrition Month! Join us and learn easy and budget friendly ways to make food stretch and how nutritious foods can help you flourish! Eating certain foods (like vegetables) and learning how to prepare them can help impact your life and your guest’s life by providing them with the right resources and foods. Join the Healthy Habits team and explore these easy ways of going further with food to bring back to your agency and your home. Handouts, recipes and lunch will be provided!

Great Customer Service Using Cultural Awareness

Thursday, March 14 from 12:00 PM – 2:00 PM
If you or someone at your program missed the Fall Regional Forums, now is your chance to participate in this well-received workshop highlighting the importance of customer service at food assistance agencies. Hone your customer service skills particularly when it comes to using cultural awareness. Lunch will be provided!

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.

  • February 8 (Friday) from 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM
  • February 26 (Tuesday) from 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM
  • March 12 (Tuesday) from 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM
  • March 26 (Tuesday) from 11:00 AM – 1:00 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 Hope Indeglia O’Brien or call 401-230-1704.