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Upcoming Orientations, Meetings and Workshops

Spring 2015 Workshop Schedule

To register for workshops, please call Liz O'Dea at 401-230-1706 at least one week in advance. Registration is required. Lunch 'n Learn workshops include lunch for registered participants. Please let us know if you have any special dietary needs or preferences (we'll do our best to accommodate you!)
For a printable list of workshops, click here.


Agency Advisory Committee Quarterly Meeting

Tuesday, April 14 from 4:30 pm - 5 pm

Join Agency Advisory Committee representatives to learn about utility assistance for clients.
Open to all member agencies!

Cultural Competency: Mental Health 101
A Lunch & Learn Workshop

Wednesday, April 15 from 12 pm - 1:30 pm

Allison Bernier, LICSW from the Providence Center, will share her expertise and experience counseling children, adolescents and adults. She will discuss the stigma people with mental illness face and offer practical suggestions on how to best serve program participants struggling with the more common diagnoses such as depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder and PTSD.


Grants Workshop

Tuesday, May 5 from 9:30 am to 12 pm

Doris Moore, the Food Bank's Grants Manager, will provide an overview of grants, funding and grant writing. Time will be set aside for you to do some writing and leave with an organizational description or a write up about one of your programs. Space is limited to 10 people, but another class will be offered soon. Please bring information about your program with you.

Within Walking Distance

A Lunch & Learn Workshop

Wednesday, May 20 from 12 pm to 1 pm

When transportation is unavailable or difficult to access, what healthy food options can be found at your local convenience store or gas station? Join Nutrition Education Coordinator, Sarah Sheppard to learn tips to share with your guests about what to do when they can only get as far as the corner store.


Nobody's Just Hungry: Connecting Guests with Basic Needs Services

Wednesday, June 10 from 2 to 4 pm

Food Bank member agencies provide critical food assistance services to thousands of Rhode Islanders. However, we understand that nobody's just hungry. Many people struggling with food security also struggle with meeting other basic needs such as housing, health care, utilities and employment. At this training, you will gain a working knowledge of the basic needs safety net, and how to connect guests to these resources/services.

Annual Agency Conference: You Need to Put Your Oxygen Mask on First, Before You Can Help Others

Friday, June 12 from 3-6 pm at Bryant University- Grand Hall

Doors open for registration, networking and resource tables at 2 pm. More information will be provided soon.

Agency Orientations

Agency orientations are required for any new staff members, as well as anyone who orders, shops off the shelves or picks up an order of food at the Food Bank. Orientations are also a good resource for anyone who would like to brush up on their Food Bank knowledge.

To register for an upcoming agency orientation, call Liz O'Dea at 401-230-1706.

  • Tuesday, April 14 from 1 - 3 pm
  • Wednesday, April 29 from 10 am - 12 pm
  • Tuesday, May 12 from 2 - 4 pm
  • Wednesday, May 20 from 10 am - 12 pm
  • Wednesday, June 10 from 10 am - 12 pm
  • Tuesday, June 23 from 3 - 5 pm

Please let us know 48 hours in advance if you need to cancel so that we may contact those on our waiting list. Orientations are held at the Food Bank: 200 Niantic Avenue, Providence, RI 02907

Regional Meetings

The Food Bank coordinates regional meetings in Newport, Providence and Woonsocket as opportunities for member agencies in those areas to get together and share resources. For information on upcoming meetings, contact Agency Services at (401) 942-6325.