Hunger, Housing & Homelessness

“There are people in the world so hungry, that God cannot appear to them except in the form of bread”

-Mahatma Gandhi

Amos House
415 Friendship Street, Providence, RI 02907
(401) 272-0220

Amos House is an independent, non-denominational, non-profit agency offering resources that help individuals achieve greater stability and self-reliance in their lives through our food, shelter and social service programs. Amos House is the largest soup kitchen in Rhode Island, serving breakfast 5 days per week and a full course noontime lunch 6 days per week.

More than 600 meals are served daily. An additional 500 meals are prepared by our chef and culinary education students and sent to children's after-school programs and overflow emergency shelters daily as well. Amos House provides safe transitional shelter to hundreds of homeless people annually and a host of social services including medical and eye care clinics. Volunteers are needed to help prepare, serve and clean up for breakfast and lunch. Volunteers are needed for the following hours: 6:30 - 8:30 a.m. for breakfast and 9:00 a.m. -1:00 p.m. for lunch, Monday through Saturday.

Bristol Good Neighbors Soup Kitchen and Pantry
378 Hope Street, Bristol RI 02809
(401) 254-0726
Shuttle Service/Work Study Opportunity


Housed in the parish house of St. Michael's Episcopal Church, the Bristol Good Neighbors Soup Kitchen and Pantry provides lunch daily Monday through Friday. The program relies on private donations, as well as support from local merchants who donate food and other supplies. The program also includes a food pantry, which allows those in need to stock up and take food home. Special meals are offered around holidays, providing patrons with a community celebration. Partnerships with local elementary schools allow students to offer entertainment or companionship to patrons. Volunteers are needed Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. to prepare meals or organize the pantry.

East Bay Food Pantry- Stone Soup Thrift Shop

150 Franklin Street, Bristol, RI 02809

(401) 396-9490

The mission of the East Bay Food Pantry is to engage, empower, and educate in order to create a hunger-free East Bay. We are already serving over 200 families and the need continues to grow. The East Bay Food Pantry and the Stone Soup Thrift Shop is located at the Franklin Court Independent Living Center. The entrance is on the ground level at the corner of Franklin and Wood Street.

East Bay Coalition for the Homeless
100 Bullocks Point Avenue, Riverside, RI 02915
(401) 437-5104

East Bay Coalition for the Homeless (EBCH) serves homeless families with children in East Providence, Barrington, Warren and Bristol, providing them with shelter, case management and supportive services. EBCH works with each family to overcome the particular issues that lead to its homelessness, designing an action plan to measure the family's progress towards self-sufficiency. Supportive services may include job training, individual or family counseling, budgeting and parenting workshops, day care, WIC and Head Start.

Habitat for Humanity
East Bay Chapter (Bristol) - (401) 341-2425
South County Chapter - (401) 783-2480 Email
West Bay Chapter (Kingston) - (401) 732-6407
Greater Providence Chapter - (401) 831-5424 Website

Habitat for Humanity International is a nonprofit, nondenominational Christian housing organization. All people are invited to join Habitat as they build simple, decent, affordable houses in partnership with those in need of adequate shelter. Since 1976, Habitat has built more than 100,000 houses in more than 60 countries, including some 30,000 houses across the United States. Homeowner families are chosen according to their need; their ability to repay the no-profit, no-interest mortgage; and their willingness to work in partnership with Habitat. Habitat for Humanity does not discriminate according to race, religion or ethnic group. Volunteers need not be professional contractors, but a basic knowledge of processes such as painting, carpentry, drywall and landscaping are helpful.

Lucy's Hearth
913 West Main Rd, Middletown, RI 02842
(401) 847-2021


Work Study Opportunity

Lucy's Hearth is a shelter for homeless women and children that provides shelter, meals, advocacy, referral services and life skills education in a supportive environment. Residents of Lucy's Hearth are between the ages of 18 and 81, though the majority are young mothers. Children range in age between 3 days and 17 years. The shelter is open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Families that are served at Lucy's Hearth are homeless due to economic hardship, desertion, divorce or family crisis.

RI Community Food Bank
Niantic Avenue, Providence, RI
(401) 942-6325

Rhode Island Community Food Bank is a private, nonprofit organization whose purpose is to redistribute donated food products to emergency food pantries, soup kitchens and other helping agencies. Approximately 2/3 of the food comes from local manufacturers and markets, and an additional 1/3 is obtained through Second Harvest, the national network of food banks. Through over 450 food programs, the Food Bank helps to feed approximately 106,000 people each month. Volunteers are needed to help at the front desk (check out member agencies and supply inventory information), office (data entry, clerical support), the warehouse (receive shipments, stamp and stack products, sort donations), and with special projects. Volunteers are needed in at least two-hour shifts.