Healthy Habits is a nutrition education program for clients of member agencies. The Food Bank offers six-week classes and one-time workshops featuring live cooking demonstrations and practical advice on how to stretch the household budget by preparing healthy foods at home using ingredients often found on food pantry shelves.
Community farms grow fresh produce for hungry Rhode Islanders while preserving valuable land. Each of the participating sites is managed by a volunteer coordinator who works with the Food Bank. Throughout the growing season, the volunteer-run farms rely on schools, businesses and civic groups, as well as families and individuals. Last year, community farms contributed more than 80,000 pounds of fresh produce.
The Food Bank currently supports a number of food pantries and backpack programs located throughout the state at local schools. The sites provide healthy, nutritious food and snacks that students can eat at school or at home. School-based pantries are located on the grounds of the school to provide an easily accessible source of food assistance to low-income students and their families.
The Food Bank’s Kids Cafe program serves healthy evening meals to children at risk of hunger and provides nutrition education as part of their after-school activities. Meals are prepared daily and delivered to our partner sites at the Pawtucket YMCA, Boys & Girls Club of East Providence and the Segue Institute for Learning in Central Falls.