Workshops & Meetings

Workshops & Trainings

NOTE: Workshops & Trainings are open only to Food Bank member agencies.

In-Person Agency Orientations Are Back!

Agency orientations are required for new staff and volunteers who order online or pick up at the Food Bank. Our orientations are now back to in-person trainings! View our summer schedule here.

  • Tuesday, August 23rd from 10:00am-12:00pm
  • Thursday, September 15th from 1:00pm-3:00pm
  • Wednesday, September 28th from 10:00am-12:00pm

Do you have new staff members or volunteers helping with your food program? Sign them up for one of our trainings to learn everything they need to know about Food Bank membership, how to order online, and more. This training is required for anyone ordering and/or picking up product from the Food Bank. After attending, participants are then considered ‘qualified shoppers’ on behalf of your program.

RSVP by email jhazard@rifoodbank.org. 


Workshops for Member Agencies

Workshops are now IN PERSON! View the list below or download the flyer here.

Unless otherwise noted, to register for workshops, email Agency Programs Administrative Coordinator Jennifer Hazard at with your Agency name, ID # and workshop title.

JULY
“Satisfying Your Sweet Tooth,” Tuesday, July 26th from 11 a.m. to 12 p.m.
Join the Healthy Habits team to learn all about naturally sweet ways to satisfy your sweet tooth. Featuring a cooking demonstration and sample, this workshop will include explanations on the difference between added and natural sugars, as well as tips and tricks
for cutting back on added sugars at meetings, in break rooms, and at other social gatherings.

AUGUST
“Hybrid Handler Food Safety Course for Food Pantries,” Thursday, August 11th from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m.
Need to fulfill the Food Bank’s food safety training requirement? Want volunteers or staff to become certified backups? This Hybrid Handler training combines the ServSafe Food Handler course with Food Bank specific food safety info.
Note: Participants must first take online ServSafe Handler course.

“Welcoming America Week Lunch & Learn,” Wednesday, August 24th from 12 p.m. to 1 p.m.
Join us to learn more about Welcoming America before National Welcoming Week arrives in September and find out more about Food Bank & other local welcoming activities for diverse and underrepresented communities. Share and hear ideas on how to infuse more welcoming into your own program.

SEPTEMBER
“Nobody is JUST Hungry,” Wednesday, September 7th from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m.
This training will focus on a variety of resources in Rhode Island that can assist our guests with different circumstances besides food insecurity such as healthcare, employment, education, etc. We will also discuss how to make quality referrals to these resources and how your program can ask for assistance should you need it when making the referrals.

“Shopping Lists for Food Pantries,” Thursday, September 22nd from 11 a.m. to 12 p.m. 
Interested in learning about how you can incorporate shopping lists into your food pantry’s shopper choice model? Learn about some of the different options our network is currently using, from paper lists to online ordering, to see what could work for your program.

“Re-Fresh Your Pantry,” Tuesday, September 27th from 11 a.m.  to 12 p.m.
This program is geared towards helping your organize your food pantry to promote health and wellness. We can help you showcase healthy foods, like produce, by enhancing displays and signage, promoting nutrition and keeping cultural preferences in mind.

Unless otherwise noted, to register for workshops, email Agency Programs Administrative Coordinator Jennifer Hazard with your Agency name, ID # and workshop title.