How many people does the Center feed every year?
We feed nearly 3,000 unique individuals every year from Westerly, Charlestown, Richmond and Hopkinton, Rhode Island.
How much food do you give out in a year?
In the past year we distributed over 206,644 equivalent meals to local residents. Each month on average we hand out 9 tons of food to the community.
How large is the food pantry?
It is 1,802 square feet in size, and has an industrial size walk-in refrigerator/freezer and six aisles of non-perishable food. In terms of volume, it is one of the busiest in Washington County.
Why do you sell the items that are donated?
Selling the donated items allows the Center to pay OUR bills—rent, utilities, and payroll. That way, when folks donate money for food or to help their neighbors with rent or utility bills and heat, ALL of their donations go straight back out to the community to those who need financial assistance.
But, one thing a lot of people may not know is that we distribute vouchers averaging a total of $2,000 per month to people who need items from the store but cannot afford them– like clothes for children, furniture to replace what was lost in a fire, clothes for a job interview, dishes and pots and pans for someone who was homeless and finally moving into their own apartment again. Additionally, we distribute free durable medical equipment for folks who need them but cannot afford them—like crutches, shower seats…even wheelchairs!
Why was my donation declined?
We can only take items that we believe we will be able to sell, so sometimes we have to decline items that are out of season or are unlikely to find a buyer. If clothes or furniture are soiled or in poor condition we cannot accept them as we have no way to clean them or repair them. While we are grateful for every donation, we cannot afford to accept items that we know we will have to throw away. It would, in the end, cost us money—and that will not help our effort. We hope you understand.