For Guests

We are always here to help.

RICan offers programs year-round so you can get the resources you need to get back on your feet.

Emergency Food Assistance Food Pantry

** COVID-19 Update: At this time, we have suspended our in-pantry client choice shopping and are pre-bagging food for our weekly distribution. We apologize for the inconvenience.

RICan believes you have the right to choose what to eat. That is why our pantry offers a variety of fresh, frozen or packaged food items that guests can choose for themselves. It’s not quite like a trip to the grocery store, but it’s close!

Guests can visit our food pantry once a week based on need and eligibility screening. We offer our food distribution on Wed and Thurs mornings from 9:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m., as well as Wednesday evenings from 6:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. In addition, we also distribute Friday afternoons from 2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Guests can consult with on-site coordinators from the University of Rhode Island’s Feinstein Center for a Hunger-Free America for information and application materials for the SNAP program.

Thrift Shoppe

Newly Expanded Thrift Store

Our thrift store offers unique new and used items for everyone – and at an affordable prices. From clothes and shoes to books and toys, we offer products donated to us from the local community.

The thrift store operates on Tuesdays 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. and Wednesdays through Saturdays 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. We also happily accept donations during these hours.

Our guests may also have access to free apparel items based on need. Clothing items including coats, shoes and accessories are available for guests of all ages and sizes.

Seasonal Events

We provide holiday baskets for Christmas and Thanksgiving to help everyone enjoy the holidays. We also hold seasonal events like Santa’s Workshop which is a client choice gift program. Check out our social media for year-round updates!


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