St. Mary of the Bay Food Pantry


                     


Welcome to St. Mary of the Bay Food Pantry!       


Who We Are: St. Mary of the Bay Food Pantry, is a Catholic all-volunteer lay organization. We strive to provide food for anyone in need, regardless of creed, ethnic or social background, health, gender, or political opinions. Each person who walks through our doors is welcomed with a smile and treated with dignity and respect.

Food Pantry Mission Statement
Local Assistance Contacts

How to Register: On your first visit, we will ask you to fill out our registration sheet. Please bring a photo ID for yourself and every adult in the household, proof of dependents under age 18, and proof of residence. You can receive food on your first visit. If you would like to fill out our registration form in advance please download below. 

SMB Registration Form

Pantry Hours:  Tuesdays from 3:00 to 5:00 pm & Wednesdays from 9:00 to 11:00 am

Contact us:    401-245-7000 ext #19
                        St. Mary of the Bay Food Pantry
                        P.O. Box 524
                        Warren, RI 02885


Frequently Asked Questions


  • How often may I visit?
    You are welcome to visit us weekly. 

  • What do I need to bring?
    All you need to bring is some form of identification and grocery bags for us to fill. 

  • Do I have to live in Warren or the East Bay?
    No, we serve all of Rhode Island.

  • Do I need to be a parishioner?
    No, we welcome anyone and everyone in need of food. If you, or someone you know, needs help with food, please visit us.

  • How do I shop?
    We use a client-choice shopping model, allowing pantry guests to choose foods they would like each week from a variety of options.

  • Do you allow proxy shoppers?  
    Yes, for anyone who cannot make it into the pantry during our regular hours. Please call to arrange for someone to pick up your groceries for you.

  • Where are you located?
    We operate out of SMB's parish hall below the church. Please enter using the ramp to the left of the front entrance to the church. 

  • Are there any other services offered?
    Yes, we have a free thrift shop open to all pantry guests during our pantry hours. Mary's Closet offers gently used clothes, kitchenwares, books, etc.
    We also offer a CSFP (Senior Box) monthly food program and can refer you to other local agencies for support. 

  • Who can I contact with more questions? 
    If you have any additional questions, please come into the pantry during our open hours or call us, using the contact information above.


Additional Information


Can't get to St. Mary of the Bay Food Pantry? Check out Be Kind RI for a kindness made easy food delivery option! This is a new service that recruits volunteers to deliver food from a food pantry or grocery store to neighbors in need. It’s a collaborative effort between Family Service of Rhode Island, Age-Friendly Rhode Island and the Rhode Island Community Food Bank. Simply sign up on the website. You make a request for a volunteer to pick up your groceries, the request is made to all available volunteers in your area and then requester and volunteer coordinate to complete the task. 

CSFP (Senior Box Program): The Commodity Supplimental Food Program (Senior Box Program) allows us to provide additional help to qualifying seniors in need of food.  Senior boxes are available on the 1st, 2nd or 3rd week of the month.  If you cannot pick up your box, please let us know. Please speak with one of the pantry volunteers for more information or to register for the Senior Box Program. You are also able to download the application form below and bring it with you on your next visit to the pantry.   

Appy for CSFP
English Application
Portuguese Application
Spanish Application

Mary's Closet: Mary's Closet is solely run on donations from indivduals in our community and offers gently used clothing, kitchenware, books, and homegoods. We are not currently accepting donations due to the high volume of support we have recieved over the last few months. 


Ways You Can Help! 


Volunteers: St. Mary of the Bay Food Pantry is always looking for additional volunteers to assist in food retrieval, unloading weekly food orders, stocking shelves, working during pantry hours, or assisting in other ways depending on your time and ability. If you are interested in doing so please call the pantry to discuss. 

Monetary Donations:  Monetary donations are appreciated and necessary for us to continue our ministry to those in need and can be dropped off at the church or mailed to the pantry at the above address.  Please note on the check that it is for the Food Pantry.

Food Donations:  Food donations are also always appreciated and can be brought to the pantry during our regular scheduled hours. If you are a parishioner, you can drop food donations at either the back or the front enterances of the church, in the baskets marked 'SMB Food Pantry'. If you have a donation, but cannot come in during our usual hours, please call the pantry to make other arrangements.


Our Community Reach


April 2021 Impact May 2021 Impact

Individuals                        654

Households                      143

Household Visits              278

New Households              4

Individuals                        672

Households                      156

Household Visits              309

New Households              17

     

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