The pantry is open the second and fourth Tuesdays of each month, from 5 to 7 p.m.
Remaining Pantry Openings for 2018 are:
December 11 & 18 (not December 25)
Scheduled Openings for 2019 are:
January 8 & 22
February 12 & 26
March 12 & 26
April 9 & 23
May 14 & 28
June 11 & 25
July 9 & 23
August 13 & 27
September 10 & 24
October 8 & 22
November 12 & 26
December 10 & 17 (not December 24)
CHANGES TO NORMAL SCHEDULE IN 2019: Please note that in December, we will be open the 2nd & 3rd Tuesdays, not the 2nd and 4th Tuesdays. Beginning in January 2020, we will resume the normal schedule of being open the 2nd & 4th Tuesdays.
Clients are allowed to visit the pantry only once a month.
Clients are encouraged to bring their own shopping bags; however, bags are available at the pantry if needed.
Clients are also encouraged to bring a driver's license or another form of identification to register at the pantry.
There are no eligibility requirements. All clients are welcome regardless of their income level or city of residence.
Parking is available in the church parking lot, in the lot across the street, and along Newman Avenue. Volunteers are on hand to assist clients in carrying their groceries to their cars.
The pantry opens at 5 p.m. Numbered tickets are handed out in random order to the group of clients waiting to enter the pantry right at 5 p.m. Therefore, clients should understand that there is no advantage to arriving earlier than 5 p.m. It is our hope that by discouraging clients from arriving too early, Newman Church’s parking lot will be kept clear for the church’s use until 5 p.m. Clients who arrive after 5 p.m. will receive their tickets in numbered order.
Clients are offered two ways in which to receive their groceries: Clients may either shop in the Pantry Room and choose the exact food items they would like for their households or they may receive pre-bagged packages of groceries. Clients will move through the “pre-bagged groceries” option much more quickly than the “shopping” option.
A representative from the URI Feinstein Center for a Hunger Free America is usually on site during all Pantry openings to assist clients in signing up for food stamps (SNAP.)
The pantry will not open if the East Providence schools are dismissed early or closed for the day due to bad weather. The pantry will not open again until the next scheduled opening.