Food Bank News for Member Agencies
La Preferida Whole Pinto Bean Recall
There is a voluntary recall of 29 oz. cans of La Preferida Whole Pinto Beans, due to issues in processing that could result in spoilage. This product was not distributed by the Food b=Bank in case lots, but may have been present in assorted protein cases (E-PROTEIN) or donated to agencies from other sources. Agencies should check the link below for more information about the recalled product and contact any clients who may have received this product.
For more information, please visit the FDA information page for the La Preferida recall:
Tuna Recall Announced
There are currently several voluntary recalls issued on several brands of tuna due to structural defects which occurred during the canning process. It is possible the Food bank distributed some of this tuna in cases of assorted protein products (E-PROTEIN). Any agency that received this item between January 17, 2013 and February 28, 2013 should check remaining stock and contact any clients who may have received tuna.
For more information, please visit the FDA's information pages:
Bumble Bee/Brunswick http://www.fda.gov/Safety/Recalls/ucm342851.htm?source=govdelivery
Chicken of the Sea http://www.fda.gov/Safety/Recalls/ucm342911.htm
If the recall is expanded, we will post an update.
Online Ordering System Is Upgraded
Primarius Online is getting a new look! The way your agency orders will remain very similar to
the way it is now but it will look a little different.
We are upgrading the system because it offers
us some valuable improvements, such as:
- The new system is linked directly to our live inventory. This means no waiting for the
system to update and product is reserved as soon as it is added to your shopping cart.
- You can add to your order online!
- User Names and Passwords will NOT change
- All prior invoices will be accessible online and printable
- Monthly statistics history will appear online (for Emergency Providers only)
- Grant status will be viewable online (grants from the RICFB only)
There will be a few small but important changes to our policies, which include:
1. Orders must be checked out no less than 3 (three) business days before pickup or delivery.
2. Once an order is checked out (regardless of when it is submitted), it cannot be changed.
3. All shopping appointments must be made online with 24 hours notice.
The upgraded site will be active soon via the Agency Login and Online Ordering link
on our website (note: if you have the link bookmarked, it will need to be updated).
Please be sure to share this information with all staff using the online ordering
system so there will be no interruption in service to your agency.
We have put together a Quick Start Guide to help users transition to the new look as smoothly as
possible. We will send out a copy via email to all email addresses on file. You may also download
the guide here.
Questions? Ask Customer Service or Agency Services!
Food Bank Honors Member Agencies
On September 11, 2012, the Agency Advisory Committee (AAC) hosted the Second Annual Labor Day Recognition Event, an opportunity for agencies to meet members of the AAC and for the Food Bank to show appreciation for the work agencies do throughout the year.
Food, refreshments, raffles and gifts made for a festive event. Bob MacDonald, who recently retired from the East Bay Cap Food Pantry, was presented with the Second Annual Catherine Chappron Award. Pictured here are members of the AAC's Cultural Awareness Subcomittee, (l-r) Michele Baker of Bridges, Inc. in Jamestown; Agency Services Coordinator Liz O'Dea, and Lorraine Burns of St. Teresa of Avila Food Pantry in Providence.
Information booths featured:
- Community Cooking, the Food Bank's new nutrition education program for agencies.
- United Way 2-1-1, a state-wide community resource available to agency clients.
- The Write-A-Story table, hosted by the Jonnycake Center of Peace Dale, where agencies documented inspiring and humorous stories from the front lines.
- Modules used at member agencies to educate people about SNAP, presented by the Food Bank's SNAP Outreach Team.
- The Cultural Awareness table, hosted by the Cultural Awareness Subcommittee of the AAC, celebrated ways agencies acknowledge their diverse clientele.
Community Food News
Community Food News is a newsletter for member agencies of the Rhode Island Community Food Bank. Stay current on issues that impact your work and about how the Food Bank is making improvements to help your efforts.
In our latest issue (PDF, 711KB) you'll read about the Hunger in America Study, new information about community resources, recertification and more!
Read past issues of Community Food News:
Spring 2013 (PDF 611 KB)
Winter 2013 (PDF 646 KB)
Spring 2012 (PDF 646KB)
Winter 2012 (PDF 775KB)