Portsmouth Community Food Bank

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THE PORTSMOUTH COMMUNITY EMERGENCY FOOD BANK 
 

THE PORTSMOUTH EMERGENCY FOOD BANK ST BARNABAS SITE CLOSED FRIDAY JULY 24th  AT 6 PM.  

FOOD BANK OPERATIONS HAS MOVED TO THE ST. JOHNS LODGE, 81 SPRAGUE ST, AND WILL BE OPEN STARTING WEDNESDAY JULY 29th AND WILL BER OPEN WEDNESDAYS AND FRIDAYS FROM 10 AM TO 4PM.

The Portsmouth Community Emergency Food Bank, operating since March 30, 2020 to serve the needs of the community during the COVID-19 crisis, has provided food for over 2000 people in need made possible by the donations of many generous people and organizations. 

Town Administrator, Richard Rainer said, “The response of the community has been exceptional in the donation of food and money.”  "In response to the transition to Re-opening RI Phase 2, we understand that, with people returning to work, the Food Bank needs to extend the hours of operation to allow access to the Food Bank after work."  He added, “In response to the overwhelming generosity of the community with their donations, we will be coordinating with other area organizations and open up our food bank to serve overflow from other communities as well”.

  

THE PORTSMOUTH EMERGENCY FOOD BANK TO RELOCATE TO THE ST. JOHNS MASONIC LODGE ON WEDNESDAY JULY 29th

The St Barnabas Emergency Food Bank Parish Hall Site closed effective Friday July 24th at 6 PM.

 
To allow St. Barnabas to return their facilities to normal use, the St. Johns Lodge No. 1 of the Freemasons has offered the Town use of their facility at 81 Sprague Street in Portsmouth for the Portsmouth Emergency Food Bank.

The St. Barnabas Food Bank location closed.on July 24th.

Starting Wednesday July 29th, the Portsmouth Community Emergency Food Bank will re-open at the St. Johns Lodge and be open from 10 AM to 4 PM Wednesdays and Fridays for food distribution and to accept donations

Portsmouth Town Administrator Richard Rainer said, “We are very grateful to St. Barnabas for stepping up to serve our immediate need when the COVID-19 pandemic started to unfold. Their quick effort to ramp up operations and provide both leadership and volunteers prevented a lot of area people from going hungry. We appreciate the St. Barnabas Parish for being such a great asset to the community. We are also grateful to the St. John’s Lodge for offering to take over food bank operations as the COVID-19 situation continues, as does the need to provide food to those in need. ” 
 

PORTSMOUTH FOOD BANK HOURS AND RULES

The St. John's Lodge

St. John's Lodge No. 1 has been active on Aquidneck Island for over two and a half centuries. The lodge was chartered on December 26th, 1749 and is under the jurisdiction of the Grand Lodge of Ancient, Free and Accepted Masons of Rhode Island and Providence Plantations. For more information about the lodge go to https://www.stjohnslodgeno1.org/ or call 401-683-0231.

New Food Bank Location

St. John’s Lodge No. 1, 81 Sprague Street, Portsmouth. People in need or donating food may come to the parking lot and follow the signs.

New Operating Hours: Wednesday and, Friday 10 AM to 4 PM to get or donate food.

Contact the New Food Bank. Call 401-643-0323 ( or email stjohns1foodbank@gmail.com ). Leave a message if you have a question or a special request, need other assistance or if someone other than yourself needs to pick up food. The Food Bank will return your call within 24 hours.

 To Get Food. Enter the marked food lane at the Food Bank. 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. We may ask for some type of identification, but the Food Bank is available to ALL in need and NOT restricted to Portsmouth residents.

To Donate Food. Donations are most truly appreciated. Non-perishable, non-expired food items can be dropped off anytime between 10:00 AM and 4:00 PM Wednesday and/or Friday. Bring your donation to the lodge parking lot, follow and a volunteer will come out to your car to receive it. Please do not park or exit your vehicle.

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.

Gift Cards to area markets will also be accepted and used primarily to purchase needed items for the Food Bank supply. They will be selectively distributed and not included in Food Bank packages.

To Make a Monetary Donation, 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.

For more Information regarding the Portsmouth Emergency Food Bank, visit the Portsmouth Town website at www.portsmouthri.com, or contact Rich Talipsky at the Portsmouth Town Hall by calling 401-643-0382 or emailing rtalipsky@portsmouthri.com