The Bread of Life Food Pantry is located at Newman Congregational Church, 100 Newman Avenue, Rumford, RI 02916. The pantry is a collaborative ecumenical effort of six East Providence churches: Bethany Church of the Nazarene, Church of the Epiphany, Evangelical Covenant Church, Haven United Methodist Church, Newman Congregational Church, and St. Margaret Church.
The Bread of Life Food Pantry is open to all those in need of food assistance from East Providence and surrounding communities regardless of religious beliefs.
In a typical month, 200 households receive assistance from the Bread of Life Food Pantry. Also each month, 50 volunteers attend the pantry openings to serve the clients and another 35 volunteers work behind the scenes facilitating the delivery, inspection, sorting and stocking of the food.
The Bread of Life Food Pantry is indeed a remarkable operation that has been successful in fulfilling its mission to “serve as a resource for people experiencing food insecurity.” It has also been successful in creating a true sense of community among its volunteers as they work alongside one another, and between the volunteers and the clients as support is given and received.