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Kent County and Warwick free food pantries.

There are food pantries and soup kitchens in Kent County that low to moderate income families can turn to for help. The centers provide families with everything from a free bag of groceries to household supplies or hygiene items. Many of them are located in the Warwick region, but if those pantries near you can't help then residents can cross over county lines to other nearby sites. There is also a phone number at the bottom of the page for more resources.

The locations offer a number of programs to clients. They include surplus USDA commodities as well as free, emergency boxes of food. During the holidays, such as Christmas or Thanksgiving, meals may be served by the Kent County charities. When applying for assistance for any of these programs the person should bring proof of income and residency.

While slightly less common, some of the Kent County pantries will have clothing closets on site. For those that do, this will allow them to offer other types of goods. Those range from school supplies to warm winter clothing or personal goods. So each location is different, but they all try to help.

Cornerstone Church Food Pantry
Address is 1990 Elmwood Avenue
Warwick, Rhode Island 02888
(401) 781-6121

Pilgrim Lutheran Church
1817 Warwick Avenue
Warwick, RI 02889
Phone number is (401) 739-2937
The food pantry is only open on Tuesdays from 10:30AM - 12:00PM. A nearby charity, House of Hospitality, serves a free hot meals on Thursday at lunch.

Westbay Community Action, Inc.
224 Buttonwoods Avenue
Warwick, Rhode Island 02886
(401) 732-4660
Dozens of assistance programs are run by this Kent County non-profit. They range from financial aid for paying bills to free food and public benefits. Many others are offered. Apply for Women, Infant, and Children's (WIC) vouchers, SNAP food stamps, free school lunches, and Meals on Wheels among other services.




Emmanuel Lutheran Church
Address: 9 New London Avenue
West Warwick, Rhode Island 02893
Dial (401) 821-8888
Volunteers from the church collect non-perishable goods and provide them to struggling families.

West Bay SVDP Soup Kitchen
20 Factory Street
West Warwick, Rhode Island 02893
(401) 822-4450
Hot meals are for the homeless and very low income in Kent County. Clients can also learn about shelters, receive clothing or blankets, and other support.

East Greenwich Interfaith Food Cupboard
Mailing address is 99 Peirce Street
East Greenwich, RI 02818
The charity only helps East Greenwich residents. There may be boxes of canned or fresh food as well as Thanksgiving and Christmas meals.

Saint Barnabas Episcopal Church
3257 Post Road
Warwick, RI 02886
Dial (401) 737-4141

Saint Rita Church
722 Oakland Beach Avenue
Warwick, RI 02886
Dial (401) 738-1800
This location only assists Oakland Beach residents.





First Evangelical Lutheran Church
118 Division Street
East Greenwich, RI 02818
A free food pantry is on site.

Westbay Community Action, Inc.
205 Buttonwoods Avenue
Warwick, Rhode Island 02889
(401) 732-4660
A client choice food bank is on site. Clients can select only what they need. There may be formula, meals for the elderly, fruits, meats, and canned goods. Also, surplus commodities are also provided by this Kent County distribution center. Some applicants may need to do volunteer work in order to enroll.

Coventry Community Food Bank
191 MacArthur Boulevard, off Rte 11
Coventry, Rhode Island 02816
Phone - (401) 822-9199
Everything from Christmas meals and gifts to applications to SNAP food stamps and more is offered.

Pawtuxet Valley Emergency Assistance Agency
1293 Main Street
West Warwick, RI 02893
(401) 828-0310

Saint Vincent de Paul Emergency Food Center
Address: 181 Princess Avenue
Cranston, RI 02920
(401) 946-5291
Referrals may be given by the church based charity.

East Greenwich Interfaith Food Cupboard
Food bank address is 99 Peirce Street
East Greenwich, Rhode Island 02818
(401) 965-4603
An emergency pantry is on site. Paper goods, school supplies, and winter coats may be offered too.

Saint Rita Church
722 Oakland Beach Avenue
Warwick, RI 02886
(401) 738-1800

Bethany Baptist Church Food Pantry
Address: 178 Sayles Avenue
Pawtucket, RI 02860
(401) 724-5520
Food, holiday meals such as Thanksgiving turkeys and Christmas meals, may all be offered by the charity.





Comprehensive Community Action Program
Address: 311 Doric Avenue
Cranston, Rhode Island 02910
Telephone - (401) 467-9610
Programs range from clothing to school supplies, food, and hygiene items. Dairy goods, diapers, and applications to government aid may be offered.

Find additional free food and meals in Kent County

For more information or locations on free emergency food pantries near you, residents can dial 401.942.6325 to reach the Kent County community food bank. Whether it is Meals on Wheels for senior citizens, or free food to families with children, support is offered.


By Jon McNamara

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