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Providence County free food pantries.

Food banks, soup kitchens and free pantries in Providence County Rhode Island can help the needy in the community. They provide families and individuals with free or low cost groceries, meals, perishable items, and other surplus USDA government commodities. Many people also need clothing, Thanksgiving and/or Christmas meals or gifts, and other support such as personal toiletries. Some of the Providence food banks near you can help with those needs as well. Also find a toll free number at the bottom of the page for more referrals.

Many of the centers can even help low income families meet other needs, such as utility and heating bills as well as rent. They can oftentimes help with those expenses by referring people to other local charities, non-profits, housing agencies, food stamp programs and federal government assistance programs. The focus is not on them though, but the goal is to rather feed the less fortunate. Families of all ages and backgrounds can get assistance from a pantry, and an emphasis is on senior citizens and children.

So call or stop by one of the food banks in Providence Rhode Island to receive meals, free or low cost food. Staff will also try to offer case management, or referrals to other assistance programs as indicated above. The hours of each pantry are limited though, so call for hours as well as the application process.

Assumption Church SVDP
Address: 791 Potters Avenue
Providence, Rhode Island 02907
Telephone - (401) 941-1248
A free soup kitchen is also on site. This can serve meals, including at Thanksgiving or Christmas.

Blessed Sacrament Food Pantry
275 Manton Avenue
Providence, RI 02909-3331
Dial (401) 497-6204 for information on emergency food assistance, clothing, and other aid.

 

 

 

 

Camp Street Community Ministries
Location is 194 Camp Street
Providence, RI 02906
Dial (401) 421-5474

Cathedral of Saints Peter and Paul
Address: 30 Fenner Street
Providence, RI 02903
(401) 331-2434

Central Congregational United Church of Christ
Location is 296 Angell Street
Providence, RI 02906
For hours, call (401) 331-1960
Emergency boxes of food, canned goods, and even free baby formula may be offered in Providence.

Better Lives RI Meal Site
There are multiple locations in Providence County. Two of them are below. There are hot meals or bag lunches. Get fruit, vegetables, sandwiches, drinks, or a free, emergency box of groceries. Easter, Thanksgiving, and Christmas meals are served too.

  • Location is 134 Mathewson Street, Providence, RI 02903, Phone: (401)744-7468
  • 15 Hayes Street, Providence, RI 02908, Phone: (401)454-7422

Edgewood Pawtuxet - Transfiguration Church
1665 Broad Street
Cranston, RI 02905
Telephone - (401)461-3146
Free groceries include, but are not limited too Shelf Stable or Dry Milk; Canned Meat; Cranberry sauce; Tuna; Dairy; Milk, Baby Formula; fresh produce; and more.

 

 

 

 

The Providence Corps Salvation Army
A leading charity organization with multiple assistance programs and locations, including for free food or meals. Call for case management, thrift store, food, and other financial support and aid. They also run a thrift store in Providence. Or get free Thanksgiving turkey dinners, Christmas meals or gifts, and other help.

Interfaith Food Ministry
Food bank location - 95 Hathaway Ctr #61
Providence, RI 02907
Phone: (401)965-1854
The faith based charity feeds the hungry, immigrants, elderly, and single moms among others. There are also personal and household supplies, like free detergent, soap, and more. Or get Oatmeal, Pasta, Cereal, and other goods from the pantry.

Epiphany Soup Kitchen at St. Stephen's Church
Address is 114 George Street
Providence, RI 02906
Call (401)944-3382

Our Lady of the Rosary Pantry
17 Traverse Street
Providence, RI 02903
Phone: (401)453-0174
the non-profit is part of the Emergency Food Assistance Program (TEFA). Get cheese, milk, surplus commodities for kids or seniors, and other free food.

JCS-Louis and Goldie Chester Full Plate Kosher Pantry
1165 North Main Street, 1st Floor
Providence, RI 02904
Phone: (401)621-5374

Covenant Congregational Church
Address 143 Glenwood Avenue
Pawtucket, RI 02860
Main number is (401)724-8546B

Community Action Agencies in Providence County
There are multiple. Get everything from government grants to pay bills to food, SNAP food stamp applications, housing and more. There is also a food pantry with dry and canned goods, baby formula, Meals on Wheels applications, paper products, Summer meals and personal toiletries to those in need. Helps the low income and working poor become self-sufficient. Apply for financial help for bills and rent. Job counseling is offered. In addition, food, thrift store, diapers, clothing, holiday meals and assistance, and much more are distributed.

  • Blackstone Valley Community Action Program is at 210 West Avenue, Pawtucket, RI 02860. Phone (401)723-4520
  • Or try East Bay CAP, 100 Bullocks Point Avenue, East Providence, RI 02915. For hours call  (401)437-1000
  • Tri-County CAP North Providence is at 11 Emanuel Street, North Providence, RI 02911. For assistance, dial (401)519-1913
  • Providence Community Action Program (PROCAP), 518 Hartford Avenue, Providence, Rhode Island 02909. Call (401) 273-2000
  • Or find more details on assistance from Rhode Island community action agencies.

Robert Food Closet
1804 Atwood Avenue
Johnston, RI 02919
Phone: (401)231-4987

 

 

 

Good Neighbors Meal Site
55 Turner Avenue
Riverside, RI 02915
Phone: (401)433-0045

Embassy of Christ Church Food Pantry
649 Woonasquatucket Avenue
North Providence, RI 02911
Phone: (401)580-4215
Based on donations, there may be Peanut butter, canned meats, and fruit juices, Bread, and femine products among hundreds of other goods.

Lighthouse Community Development Corporation
11 Hawthorne Street
Providence, RI 02907
Phone: (401)419-6130

Church of the Master Meal Site
15 Valley Street
Providence, RI 02909
Phone: (401)861-5568
Get free meals year round. They also help immigrants, low income and others with free clothes, Christmas or Thanksgiving meals.

Church of God - Adonal
530 Smith
Providence, Rhode Island 02908
Dial (401) 274-6203

Community Church of Providence
Food bank address is 372 Wayland Avenue
Providence, Rhode Island 02906
(401) 751-9328
The homeless, working poor and low income can receive meals, perishable items, clothing, and counseling.

Community Food Share Pantry
First Unitarian Church 1 Benevolent Street
Providence, RI 02906
(401) 457-7149
Emergency food boxes with groceries, fruits, vegetables, and other aid is distributed.

DaVinci Center for Community Progress
470 Charles Street
Providence, RI 02904
(401) 272-7474
A number of social services are administered, including financial. In addition, vouchers for food, medications, clothing, and other assistance is provided to Providence families.

Door of Refuge Church
Address: 247 Valley Street
Providence, Rhode Island 02907
Call - (401) 421-7600
A focus is on feeding immigrants and refugees in Rhode Island.

Ebenezer Baptist Church
475 Cranston St
Providence, RI 02907
Phone - (401) 351-1368
Free food, hot meals, bag lunches, and other goods are offered.

 

 

 

 

Elmwood Community Center
(401) 654-4967
Hot meals may be offered, along with clothing or personal hygiene items.

Emmanuel Seventh-Day Adventist Church
900 Admiral Street
Providence, RI 02904
(401) 421-5379

Faith and Hope Baptist Church
Address is 93 Stanwood Street
Providence, Rhode Island 02907
Dial - (401) 461-3050
A free, client choice pantry is on site. Frozen foods may be offered along with fruits or vegetables. A Meals on Wheels service can also help the homebound in Providence.

First in America Baptist Church
75 N Main St
Providence, RI 02903
Telephone - (401) 454-3418

Gospel Tabernacle Church
Church address: 145 Oakland Avenue
Providence, Rhode Island 02908
Main phone - (401) 454-0988
Call for hours. Donations are used to feed the hungry, including children.

Grace and Hope Mission Inc.
378 Cranston Street
Providence, Rhode Island 02907
(401) 421-4160
Staff not only may have a free box of food, but also give referrals to food stamp applications.

Grace Church in Providence
175 Mathewson Street
Providence, RI 02903
Telephone - (401) 351-2144
Call the food bank at the church for hours, information, and assistance.

Holy Ghost Church
472 Atwells Avenue
Providence, Rhode Island 02909
(401) 421-3551

Catholic Charities
they help the less fortunate in Providence County. Get free meals, household supplies, or cleaning items. Immigrants, women fleeing violence, and the unemployed can get help. The free emergency food pantry may also give out Ensure to the elderly, meat, baby formula, and household goods like laundry detergency. Or get financial aid or hot meals. More on Providence County Catholic Charities food resources.

Interfaith Food Ministry Inc.
95 Hathaway Street
Providence, RI 02907
(401) 461-1773
Residents of South Elmwood and Cranston.
The pantry may have paper products as well as free food. Canned goods, rice, meats, and more are available.

John Hope Settlement House
Food bank location - 7 Burgess Street
Providence, Rhode Island 02903
(401) 421-6993
West End, Elmwood and South Providence. Also serves Greater Providence and State of Rhode Island. Access emergency food boxes, school programs, and referrals for heating and rent bills.

Laotian Evangelical Church
Call (401) 464-9487

Maranatha Church of God
Food pantry address is 1040 Atwells Ave
Providence, RI 02909
(401) 383-1038

St. Patrick Church Mary House
244 Smith Street
Providence, RI 02908
Phone: (401)274-6286

The charity runs a food bank.

 

 

 

 

Mathewson Street United Methodist Church
Address is 134 Mathewson Street
Providence, RI 02903
(401) 831-0480
Volunteers and staff have bags of groceries and other food assistance programs. The homeless, disabled, and immigrants are some of the main beneficiaries.

Mount Hope Community Baptist Church
Address: 734 Hope Street
Providence, Rhode Island 02906
Dial (401) 454-0052 to reach the food bank

Mount Hope Neighborhood Association, Inc.
Location - 199 Camp Street
Providence, RI 02906
Phone number - (401) 521-8830

New Covenant Worship Center
1290 Westminster Street
Providence, RI 02909
(401) 276-0220

New Jerusalem Church of God in Christ
Address is 45 Benedict Street
Providence, Rhode Island 02907
Dial (401) 785-0155

Olney Street Baptist Church
100 Olney Street
Providence, RI 02906
Dial - (401) 272-1024
Free food from the pantry is available in Rhode Island. The pantry may also have fruits, vegetables, baby formula and more. Basic needs such as clothing or holiday meals, such as at Thanksgiving, may be served to the low income and working poor.

Opus Dei
Dial (401) 272- 7834
The non-profit has a pantry.

Our Lady of the Rosary Church
21 Traverse St
Providence, RI 02903
(401) 421-5621
Whether free food, groceries, or clothes (like a winter coat or blankets) help is offered.

Pentecostal Church of God
Phone number - (401) 421-7213

Pentecostal Church of God in Christ
(401) 467-7229

 

 

 

 

PICA Soup Kitchen
Address of soup kitchen - 134 Mathewson Street
Providence, RI 02903
(401) 454-7422
Clients may be homeless or in poverty.

Pond Street Baptist Church
75 Chester Avenue
Providence, Rhode Island 02907
(401) 331-4681

Providence In-Town Church Association
PO Box 5639
Providence, RI 02903
Dial (401) 454-7422

Providence Spanish 7th Day Church
131 Elmwood Avenue
Providence, RI 02907
(401) 621-7090

Saint Adalbert Church
Address of church food pantry - 866 Atwells Avenue
Providence, RI 02909
Call (401) 351-9306 for information on food and grocery distribution hours.

Saint Agnes Church
Location is 351 Branch Avenue
Providence, Rhode Island 02904
Phone number - (401) 454-6839

Saint Anthony Church - Providence
Location of church - 549 Plainfield Street
Providence, RI 02909
(401) 943-2300
Emergency food boxes contain meats, fruits, breads, and vegetables. Regardless of income or religion call this pantry for help. Open limited hours. Meals may be served. Or call for hours of the pantry. Donations are always needed.

Saint Augustine Church
Location is 20 Old Rd,
Providence, RI 02908
(401) 421-9060
The pantry help the low income and struggling. dried beans and fruit, meals for immigrants and Spanish speakers, Christmas or Thanksgiving food, Cereal (Hot & Cold), and other groceries are offered.

Saint Casimir Church
(401) 331-1051

Saint Martin Episcopal Church
Food bank at church is 50 Orchard Avenue
Providence, Rhode Island 02906
Phone number - (401) 751-2141

Saint Mary - Providence
538 Broadway
Providence, RI 02909
Phone - (401) 274-3434

 

 

 

 

Saint Michael the Archangel Church
Location is - 239 Oxford Street
Providence, RI 02905
(401) 781-7210

Saint Patrick Church - Providence
Address is 244 Smith Street
Providence, Rhode Island 02908
(401) 751-7085

Saint Vincent de Paul Ministry
Address is 188 Dexter Street
Providence, RI 02907
Telephone - (401) 273-1108
Some of the assistance offered for Providence families include food, thrift store, clothing, and help for bills. Also learn about federal government programs such as food stamps, WIC, and homeless prevention. Part of Saint Vincent. Holiday toys may be offered along with groceries from the pantry. Volunteers may also bring meals to the disabled and seniors.

  • Or try SVDP at Saint Raymond Church, Phone - (401) 351-4224
  • Holy Name of Jesus Church SVDP is at Call - (401) 277-9053
  • Saint Bartholomew Church SVDP is at Call (401) 946-5866

Salem Gospel Mission International
592 Potters Avenue
Providence, Rhode Island 02907
(401) 467-8383

Sheldon Street Baptist Church
51 Sheldon Street
Providence, RI 02906
Dial (401) 331-5679

Tabernacle Baptist Church
134 Bridgham St
Providence, RI 02909
Call - (401) 453-2548. Call for hours and location of the Providence County Rhode Island food bank.

Temple Emanu-El
(401) 331-1623
Some of the assistance offered is food, meals, clothing, and case management.

The Blessing Way
Food pantry location - 70 Pemberton Street
Providence, RI 02908
(401) 709-3697

Urban League of Rhode Island
Address is 246 Prairie Avenue
Providence, Rhode Island 02905
Phone number - (401) 351-5000
Applications may be available to financial aid for groceries as well as benefits such as the Emergency Food Assistance Program (TEFAP).

Washington Park Community Center
Location is 42 Jillson Street
Providence, RI 02905
(401) 461-6650
The center may have USDA commodities. Clients are seniors, children, and the working poor.

Washington Park United Methodist Church
Address of food pantry is 1520 Broad Street
Providence, Rhode Island 02905
Call (401) 941-2212
Call for emergency food and advice. People of all backgrounds can receive help.

West End Community Center
109 Bucklin Street
Providence, Rhode Island 02907
Dial - (401) 467-7990

 

 

 

 

Additional free food in Providence County

Other assistance is also available for families facing hunger in Providence County. For addition services, call 401.942.6325. Referrals may be given to summer meal services for children, USDA Commodities or learn about additional food pantries in Rhode Island.

By Jon McNamara

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