Partners in the Community

Our Partners in the Community

Learn more about the companies and organizations that support the work of the Food Bank. And find out how your company can get involved.

Wells Fargo

Wells Fargo recently surprised representatives from Rhode Island Community Food Bank with a $30,000 donation to help provide healthy meals to families this holiday season. The funds, which will assist Rhode Island Community Food Bank in meeting the unprecedented level of need due to the COVID-19 pandemic, is in addition to Wells Fargo’s previous $5,000 in donation in 2020.

“Hunger is a year-round issue which is even more pronounced during the holidays, and this year, due to the pandemic, the need for Rhode Island Community Food Bank services is unfortunately much greater than ever before,” said Michael DiSandro, Senior Vice President, Commercial Banking, Wells Fargo. “Wells Fargo is deeply committed to the communities we serve and we are glad to present this check for $30,000 so that Rhode Island Community Food Bank can provide meals to people in need during this holiday season.” Additionally, Wells Fargo has a long-standing relationship with Feeding America on the national level, as well as and its network of 200 member food banks, which includes Rhode Island Community Food Bank.

Citizens Bank

The Rhode Island Community Food Bank recently received a $95,000 grant from Citizens Bank to help feed people in need across the state.

Citizens Bank’s primary focus is to support programs that Fight Hunger and reduce food insecurity, and Strengthen Communities through economic development, job training, small business development, affordable housing, and neighborhood revitalization.

These funds will be used by the Food Bank to acquire and distribute healthy, nutritious food items for our neighbors in need. The food will be distributed through our 159 member agencies across the state.

To learn more about Citizens Bank charitable giving, visit

Dunkin’ Joy In Childhood Foundation

The Rhode Island Community Food Bank recently received two grants totaling $25,000 from the Dunkin’ Joy in Childhood Foundation. These funds will be used to support the Rhode Island Community Food Bank’s Meals4Kids box program that has been vital during the pandemic. They are pre-packed at the Food Bank, making them a safe, quick and efficient way to get food to children in need.

Each box contains a week’s worth of breakfast, lunch and snacks. Since March 2020, we have distributed more than 2,500 boxes to families in need.

Founded in 2006, the Dunkin’ Joy in Childhood Foundation is an independent 501(c)3 organization powered by Dunkin’ and the generosity of our franchisees, partners, employees and guests. Their mission is to provide the simple joys of childhood to kids battling hunger or illness.

Learn more about The Dunkin’ Joy In Childhood Foundation here:

Shaw’s (Albertsons Companies) Foundation

The Rhode Island Community Food Bank recently received generous funding from the Albertsons Companies Foundation.

They’ve developed a fund to help families impacted by COVID-19. School closures, job disruptions, and the health threat’s disproportionate impact on the elderly and low-income families are only a few aspects of this evolving crisis, and they are working to help by providing funding to nonprofits, school districts and food banks. These funds were raised through register donations, from customers at Albertsons stores.

Food banks are seeing a decrease in retail donations, unique product distribution challenges, declining volunteer groups, and an increased product demand for vulnerable populations. These funds are distributed locally to Food Banks to purchase food and gift cards for people in need. The RI Community Food Bank will use the funds to acquire healthy breakfast cereal to be included in Meals4Kids boxes, which provides one week’s worth of non-perishable food for school-aged children. The boxes contain items like cereal, soup, snack bars and tuna with crackers.

The food is distributed through community organizations, food pantries and health centers.

Learn more about their COVID relief fund, and how you can help in your area here: