Portsmouth Community Food Bank


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The Portsmouth Community Emergency Food Bank, operating since March 30,2020 in a concerted effort to serve the needs of our residents during the COVID-19 crisis, has provided food for many households from the donations of many generous people and organizations.

Town Administrator, Richard Rainer said, "Although our Portsmouth Community Emergency Food Bank food has been previously distributed without respect to residency, regretfully, due to the high demand, the exceptionally long hours of volunteers and a limited supply of food and monetary donations, for the time being, both a change of hours of operation and criteria for method of obtaining food for those in need is required. "

Starting Monday April 20th, the Portsmouth Community Emergency Food Bank will only be open Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 10:00am to 2:00pm for food distribution and will only be available to residents of Portsmouth. The Food Bank will no longer be open on Tuesday and Thursday

All seeking food will be asked to show some form of photo identification and proof of Portsmouth residency. Those from other towns and jurisdictions will be directed to services in their own community.

The Food Bank is located in the Parish Hall of Saint Barnabas Church, 1697 East Main Road, Portsmouth. Portsmouth residents may come to the lower, rear parking lot of Saint Barnabas Church and follow the signs. A Food Bank volunteer will come out to your car to assist you. Please do not park or get out of your vehicle. Unfortunately, we are only able to provide food for one family per vehicle without prior arrangements. Please call the Food Bank at 401-643-0323 to make arrangements if someone other than yourself needs to pick up food.

For those unable to come to the Food Bank personally, need other assistance or have special circumstances, please call 401-643-0323 during normal operating hours or email portsmouthri.foodbank@gmail.com to make alternate arrangements.

Food donations are urgently needed due to a very high demand and limited donations.

TO DONATE FOOD. Donations are most truly appreciated. Non-perishable, non-expired food items can be dropped off anytime between 8:30am and 2:00pm Monday, Wednesday and/or Friday. Bring your donation to the Parish Hall, lower parking lot, and a volunteer will come out to your car to receive it. Please do not park or exit your vehicle. The generous support of all has been overwhelming thus far.

Items needed are such things as: cereal, pancake mix, syrup, mac & cheese, peanut butter, jelly, powdered milk, baked beans, canned fruit, pasta sauce, canned pasta, canned vegetables, canned tuna or chicken, crackers, Minute Rice packages, canned soups, coffee, tea, hot chocolate, or similar.


Text PEFB to 555888 and click on your choice of a one-time gift or a recurring payment, or

Visit the Donation link stbarnabasportsmouth.weshareonline.org and click on the “Make a Donation” button under the “Portsmouth Emergency Food Bank”, or

Write a Check? Make checks payable to the “Town of Portsmouth”. Note “Food Bank” on the check and either hand-deliver to the Food Bank or mail to Portsmouth Community Food Bank, Portsmouth Town Hall, 2200 East Main Rd. Portsmouth, RI 02871.

Gift Cards to area markets will also be accepted, and used primarily to purchase needed items for the Food Bank supply. They will no longer be included in Food Bank packages to be distributed.


Please contact the Portsmouth Emergency Operations Center 401-643-0379 email COVID@Portsmouthri.com or call Wendy Bulk at 401-786-0281 email wbulk@Portsmouthri.com



For more Information regarding the Portsmouth Emergency Food Bank, visit the Portsmouth Town Hall website at portsmouthri.com, or contact Wendy Bulk at the Portsmouth Town Hall by calling 401-787-0281 or emailing wbulk@portsmouthri.com.


For more Information regarding the Portsmouth Community Food Bank, contact Wendy Bulk at the Portsmouth Town Hall by calling 401-787-0281 or emailing wbulk@portsmouthri.com.