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Upcoming Orientations, Meetings and Workshops

Spring 2014 Workshop Schedule

To register for any of these workshops, please call 401-942-6325 at least one week in advance of the workshop. Lunch 'n Learn workshops include lunch for registered participants. Click here for a complete list of workshops.

How to Build a Healthy Pantry: Design with Health in Mind

Thursday, March 20, 11 am - Noon
Learn how to incorporate health and wellness into your pantry program. From providing wellness information at your site to helping clients make good shopping choices based on their own health needs, we will provide tools and resources to take small steps or giant leaps in transforming your program into a Healthy Pantry. Food samples will be provided!

Leadership Training: Developing and Managing a Budget

Thursday, April 3, 9:30 - 11 am
A well-planned, well-documented, and well-executed budget can help you monitor, predict and maximize the activities that support your mission, ultimately making you more effective and successful. Come and join us in a discussion on improving the budgeting process for your agency.

Menu Planning for Meal Sites*

Friday, April 4, 11:30 am - 1 pm
Are you interested in learning how to provide new, healthy low-cost meals to your guests? This workshop will be hosted by the Healthy Foods Project and Community Cooking, with food provided by McAuley House Chef Larry LoVerde.
*This workshop is designed for member agencies that cooks meals on site for their clients.

Agency Advisory Committee Quarterly Meeting

Tuesday, April 8, 4 - 5 pm
Join Agency Advisory Committee Representatives to discuss Food Bank and network activities. Open to all Member Agencies!

Leadership Training: What you need to know about Boards

Tuesday, April 29, 9:30 - 11 am 
The board’s role and legal obligation is to oversee the management of the organization and to ensure the organization fulfills its mission. Please join us in a discussion on the importance of strong board governance and how to improve the performance of your organization’s board.

Leadership Training: Developing Leadership

Wednesday, May 7, 2:30 - 4:30 pm
Are you the only one who knows how to do everything at your agency? Do you have a backup plan in case you are unexpectedly out, want to take a vacation, or retire from your current role? This hands-on workshop will help your agency plan for the future.

Cultural Competency: Domestic Violence

Tuesday, May 13, 1:30 - 2:30 pm
Kerri Marceau from the Elizabeth Buffum Chace Center and Melissa Leahey from the RI District Court bring their experiences working with victims of domestic violence and sexual assault and will share ways to help clients who may be in these situations. They will discuss the dynamics of abusive relationships, how to recognize signs of abuse and provide referral/resource information to offer victims and their families.

Annual Agency Conference & Community Resources Expo

Friday, May 30, 1 - 4 pm 
Doors open for registration at 12:30 pm, and the speaking program will be from 1 -2 pm. Visit the Expo and sample Farmers Market-style food from 2-4 pm. Join us for networking, resource table, freebies, and raffles.

Leadership Training: Donor Development

Tuesday, June 3 from 12 - 1:30 pm
A Lunch & Learn Workshop
Lunch will be served at noon; the workshop will begin promptly at 12:30. This workshop, run by Food Bank Director of Philanthropy Karen Fuller, will cover the basics of donor development: ways to build strong relationships with donors and prospects, how to ask for gifts and how to keep donors engaged and interested in your mission.

Agency Orientations

Agency orientations are required for anyone at one of the Food Bank’s member agency partners who intend to order, shop or come in to pick up an order of food. They are also a good resource for agencies wishing to brush up on their Food Bank knowledge.

To register for an upcoming agency orientation, call Hope Indeglia O'Brien at 401-230-1704.

  • Wednesday, March 12, 10 am – noon
  • Tuesday, March 25, 3 – 5 pm
  • Thursday, April 17, 10 am – noon
  • Tuesday, April 29, 1 – 3 pm
  • Monday, May 12, 10 am – noon
  • Wednesday, May 21, 2 – 4 pm

If you’ve registered but cannot attend, let us know 48 hours in advance so that we may contact those on our waiting list. All agency orientations are held at the Rhode Island Community Food Bank. 

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.