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Rhode Island free food pantries, soup kitchens and food banks.

Get information on food banks, distribution centers, and free emergency food pantries in Rhode Island. Most of the organizations that run the locations are non-profits. The staff that work there and the charities are all dedicated to helping the needy and preventing hunger by offering free or reduced cost groceries, food, and other support. Many sites near you also serve free hot meals.

The food banks in Rhode Island, which are listed below, can usually provide perishable items, breads, vegetables, frozen items, and some even have other forms of non-financial aid, such as clothing. The exact types of programs and services offered will vary by location, so you will need to call to get the details on what is offered. The hours of the locations near you also vary, so it is recommend to call for the latest information.

Families who need help can also contact other agencies and government programs in their county. The volunteers and staff that work at the free food pantries can often be a source of referrals to them. These other resources may be able to provide both free food and other financial assistance to the low income, so be sure to inquire about other services. There is also a phone number at the bottom of the page for information on other food pantries and soup kitchens in Rhode Island near you.

Rhode Island Community Food Bank
200 Niantic Ave.
Providence, Rhode Island 02907
Dial - 401.942.6325
A number of resources are offered. The non-profit offers free boxes of food, applications to SNAP and USDA programs, groceries, hot meals, and more.

R I Community Food Bank
60 Janet Dr
Cranston - RI, 02921
(401) 942-6325
There are multiple locations, as indicated below. Canned goods, boxes of food, and more is offered. The working poor can often apply for food stamps and government benefits at these sites.




Rhode Island Community Food Bank
200 Niantic Avenue
Providence - RI, 02907
Telephone 401-942-6325

St Paul The Apostle Church Food Pantry
Address: 116a Danielson Pike
Foster - RI, 02825
Dial 401-647-3664 for hours.

East Bay Food Pantry
150 Franklin Street
Bristol - Rhode Island, 02809
Food bank number - 401-396-9490

Warm Shelter
56 Spruce Street
Westerly - RI, 02891
Dial 401-596-WARM
Provides food, meals, and shelter. The homeless can also stop by for basic needs such as clothing or a blanket. There is a soup kitchen at this charity.

Bethany Baptist Church
178 Sayles Ave
Pawtucket - Rhode Island, 02860
Call - 401-724-5520
Hot meals and bags of groceries may be offered. Perishable goods include rice, frozen food, and more for income qualified Rhode Island families.





BVCAP Emergency Food Center
402 Dexter St
Central Falls - RI, 02863
Food Pantry serving groceries and free or low cost food to Pawtucket, Central Falls, Cumberland and Lincoln areas.

Blessed Sacrament Food Pantry
275 Manton Ave
Providence - Rhode Island, 02909

Community Harvest Project, Inc.
Location of the pantry - 37 Wheeler Rd
North Grafton, MA 01536

Burrillville Seventh Day Adventist
854 Victory Highway
Burrillville - Rhode Island, 02839
Telephone - 401-568-5255

Tap-In Barrington Food Bank
Main location is 281 County Road
Barrington - RI, 02806
Food assistance - 401-247-1444
Free food, surplus government commodities, and more is offered. They may also run special holiday programs, including Christmas meals.

Bristol Good Neighbors Pantry
Address: 378 Hope St
Bristol - Rhode Island, 02809
Dial 401-254-0726 for intake.

New Hope Pantry
80 Richmond Townhouse Rd
Carolina - Rhode Island, 02812
Call 401-539-4673

St. Mary/St. James Food Pantry
2075 Matunick School House Rd
Charlestown - RI, 02813
Provides resources and support to the needy, regardless of their religion.





Coventry Community Food Services
Address: 191 Macarthur Boulevard
Coventry - RI, 02816
Telephone: 401-822-9199

St Lukes Episcopal Church Food Cupboard
99 Pierde St
East Greenwich - Rhode Island, 02818

St. Vincent De Paul St. Philip Food Pantry
620 Putnam Pike
Greenville - Rhode Island, 02828
Telephone - 401-949-2949
The charity has free groceries, an on site pantry, and information on government benefits and feeding programs.

Rhode Island Diaper Bank
Location - 24 East St
Providence, RI 02906
Mostly has goods for pregnant moms and newborns, including formula and of course free diapers.

St Patricks Food Closet
45 Main St
Harrisville - RI, 02830

St Theresas Church
35 Dion Drive
Harrisville - Rhode Island, 02830
Main phone - 401-568-8280
there is a thrift store and free food pantry. Diary goods, baby formula, ensure for senior citizens, and other low income programs are run.

St Vincent De Paul Our Lady of Good Help
1063 Victory Highway
Burrillville - RI, 02839
A leading non-profit charity in Rhode Island. Numerous social services are offered, including emergency food, financial aid, clothing, and a thrift store.

Pawtucket Soup Kitchen
195 Walcott St
Pawtucket, RI 02860
In addition to year round meals and lunches, holiday assistance includes baskets at Thanksgiving, Easter, and Christmas.






Newport Residents Council
1 York St.
Newport - Rhode Island, 02840
Phone - 401-848-3218
This is a high priced town. The charity can help feed service workers, transient people, and anyone who is struggling to feed their family in the region. Free bags of groceries, dairy, fruits, and more are offered.

Other Rhode Island food banks

The low income, needy, working poor, and struggling people can get free or low cost food. Dial (401) 942-6325 to get information on other government programs. Or callers can get the locations of addition food pantries near them as well as distribution centers in Rhode Island.


By Jon McNamara


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