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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 & 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.


Special Diets: Helping Program Participants with Specific Nutritional Needs

Wednesday, November 4 from 11:30 am- 1 pm (Lunch & Learn)

This will be the first of a series of workshops offered by the Nutrition Education team on how to assist clients with a variety of dietary concerns. This workshop will focus on tips and specific food recommendations for Celiac Disease, Nut Allergies, Vegan/Vegetarian and Kosher diets. The lunch and learn session will include a cooking demonstration and agencies will be provided with materials such as sample shopping lists, recipes, handouts and posters to use at their programs.

Cultural Competency: Our Veterans: Hungry Heroes

Tuesday, November 10 from 12-1 pm (Lunch & Learn)

Depending on where you live in this country, between 25-40% of our veterans are presently seeking food assistance. This is not a surprising statistic to our member agencies. During this time of year, as we set a day aside to honor these proud men and women and their service, Cleveland Kurtz (veteran, former URI professor, mentor and VA Hospital volunteer) will share his expertise to help inform how to best serve the unique challenges of this population.


Developing Leaders: An Online Email Series

Online & Ongoing November 30- December 11

The Developing Leaders Workshop is a training that encourages and supports agencies to cultivate leaders within their programs, allowing for growth and ensuring the sustainability of services. This holiday season, we bring you this workshop in the form of an online email series with a goal of providing tools to determine who your next leader(s) will be and tools to create ongoing leadership succession plans. Upon completion of the email series, registrants will have the opportunity to enter a Developing Leaders raffle. Sign up to learn more!

Agency Orientations

Agency orientations are required for any new staff members, as well as anyone who orders, shops off the shelves or picks up 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.

  • Thursday, November 12 from 1 pm- 3 pm
  • Tuesday, December 8 from 10 am-  12 pm
  • Thursday, January 7 from 1 pm- 3 pm
  • Wednesday, January 20 from 10 am- 12 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.