Donate Food

You Can Help

We want to share some of the ways that we need your help.

As we continue to meet the demand for food assistance, the Food Bank has increased food distribution significantly while, at the same time, donations from the grocery industry have decreased.

We are purchasing in bulk, leveraging donated funds to get the most food. Due to social distancing, we cannot host volunteers, so donated food is sorted and boxed by our staff.

Give Online

The most effective way to support the Food Bank is to donate funds so we can purchase food and pay the costs of transportation and additional staffing to get this work done. By donating through our website, you can ensure that we have the resources to acquire and purchase food for our network of member agencies from Westerly to Woonsocket.



Host A Food Drive

There are different ways that you can support the RI Community Food Bank through a food drive. Whether you choose to do a virtual, combination or traditional drive, the food and funds that you collect will help your neighbors in need of food assistance.

Create a Virtual Fund Drive

Get your friends and colleagues involved with your effort to help feed Rhode Islanders facing hunger. You can create your own personalized fundraising campaign with many fun options, such as creating a team to engage others in raising funds towards a common goal.  You can even connect your movement tracker or your game play streaming account to make a unique and engaging experience for your donors.

Check out our fundraising tool and get started.

Since we can’t invite supporters into our building at the moment, we are happy to offer a 30-minute Zoom tour, info session and Q&A to engage your team and enhance your efforts. If you would like to schedule a session, please contact Kelly Seigh at or 401-230-1679.

Combination Drive

If you wish to collect both food and funds, you can create an online drive using our fundraising tool to get started. Then, you can also offer a food collection for your friends or colleagues. Find out how below!

Traditional Food Drive

If you prefer to host a traditional food drive, you can collect healthy, nutritious food that is in good condition and “in date.” Foods six months past their expiration are not accepted. Keep in mind that, when conducting a food drive, it is best to request foods that are within date to limit the potential for expired product.

Also, no homemade products or glass jars of baby food, please. Boxed cereals and formula are welcome if unopened and within date code.

You can pick up materials for a collection or drive in the foyer of the Food Bank.

For both pick up of food drive supplies and drop off of collected items, please go to:

200 Niantic Avenue, Providence, RI 02907. The Lobby is open Monday to Friday (except holidays) between the hours of 8 a.m. and 4 p.m.

You can also download the 11 x 17 Food Drive poster can also be downloaded here.

Most-Needed Non-Perishable Food Items

Peanut butter

Whole wheat pasta
Canned tuna & chicken Brown rice
Canned & dried beans Boxed macaroni & cheese
Canned soups & stews Granola bars
Canned fruits & vegetables Tomato sauce 
Breakfast cereals Extra virgin olive oil