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Little Compton Food Pantry Joins the Network
The Rhode Island Community Food Bank welcomes its newest partner: the Little Compton Food Pantry. The food pantry is the Food Bank’s only member agency in Little Compton and the only food pantry in Little Compton.
The Little Compton Food Pantry falls under the auspices of the Little Compton Assistance Association, a group formed over thirty years ago by local churches and friends to provide ecumenical outreach in Little Compton and neighboring communities. The pantry itself was founded in 1993 and has been continuously well supported by the community.
To accommodate the steadily growing number of families seeking food assistance, the pantry moved to a new location in the lower level of the Little Compton Wellness Center located at 115 East Main Road in 2013. The Little Compton Food Pantry is open Fridays and Saturdays from 9-10 am and they can be reached at 401-592-0400. For more information, visit the Wellness Center’s website.
North Kingstown Pantry Finds New Home in Old School House
The Little Red School House on School Street in North Kingstown has a new role. This historic structure is now the home of the North Kingstown Food Pantry.
After operating out of a local church for 30 years, the North Kingstown Food Pantry needed more space to keep up with the increased need for food assistance. In cooperation with the town of North Kingstown, they embarked on a $100,000 capital campaign and renovated this former school house. Bonnie Smith, longtime pantry manager, along with the entire Board, took every detail into account in renovating their new space.
With generous community support, the new space opened in October 2013. At the same time, the North Kingstown Food Pantry became a partner agency of the Food Bank. The pantry serves North Kingstown residents and is open by appointment, Monday through Friday from 10 am to 2 pm, and Tuesdays and Thursdays from 4 pm to 6 pm. The building is handicapped accessible and has ample parking.
To learn more about the North Kingstown Food Pantry, call 401-885-3663 or visit their website or Facebook.