December 3, 2020
Your monthly news & updates
In this edition:
  • "Together We Can" - Annual Campaign is underway
  • All Aboard! The Molar Express! new video
  • EBCAP RN Carol Falcone recognized for work with Diabetes
  • Shaw's Supermarket bagging up funds for EBCAP
  • Event gives great start to Annual Campaign - Thanks to Hunger & Hope Supporters
"Together We Can"
2020/2021 Annual Campaign

EBCAP's Annual Campaign is officially underway.  Proceeds will be used for emergency food at its three food pantries in Newport, East Providence, and Tiverton.

According to the Rhode Island Community Food Bank’s 2020 Status Report on Hunger in Rhode Island, food insecurity in Rhode Island increased from 9.1% in 2019 to 25.2% in 2020. This 20-year record high is directly related to the COVID-19 crisis. EBCAP can attest to this pandemic-related demand as it served nearly 4,000 individuals at its three food pantries while also distributing bags of non-perishable food to help hundreds of individuals at its COVID-19 testing sites and delivering groceries to home-bound seniors isolated as a result of the pandemic.  

Will you unite with EBCAP in the fight against hunger by donating either online or by mail? To donate by mail: checks payable to EBCAP can be sent to EBCAP, Attn: Finance Dept.- Fill the Pantries, 19 Broadway, Newport, RI 02840.  

Any amount, whether it’s a one-time gift or a recurring contribution, will truly make a difference. Please know 100% of contributions received will be used to purchase emergency food for people in Rhode Island’s east bay region. Thank you.

Watch: EBCAP food pantries video on YouTube
All Aboard - The Molar Express!
In 2006 The Molar Express, a collaborative venture of EBCAP, Comprehensive Community Action Program and Thundermist Health Center, rolled into Rhode Island. Since then it has been delivering preventive and restorative dental care to children throughout the state at their schools and in the community. It allows the three partner agencies to bring essential dental care to children, regardless of their families’ ability to pay. It was made possible by a grant from Ronald McDonald House Charities of Eastern New England.

Recently, Sandra Lozada, EBCAP’s Dental Practice Manager, created an informational video that takes viewers aboard the mobile dental office and shows health and safety protocols that are in place. “In addition to working as a manager at EBCAP, Sandra is a talented photographer and videographer. We would like to thank and recognize her for taking the initiative to create this video which thoughtfully shows parents and caregivers the level of care they can expect for their children on board the Molar Express,” said Norma Conley, EBCAP’s Vice President of Human Resources and Communications.
EBCAP Nurse Recognized for Work with Diabetes
Congratulations, Carol Falcone, RN, EBCAP Health Center Nurse, nominee for the 2020 Grace Diaz Blue Light Award. This award is presented annually by the Rhode Island World Diabetes Day Planning Committee to an individual or organization that has positively impacted diabetes in the state of Rhode Island. The 2020 Planning Committee recognized Carol with a certificate for her commitment to the health and well-being of people living with chronic disease, for being a role model to others, and exhibiting a devotion to improving the health of the community.

We at EBCAP are very proud to have Carol as part of our team and truly appreciate her dedication to our patients!
Salve Regina University Students Dyeing to Help
Salve Regina University students were dyeing to help EBCAP - tie dyeing, that is! The students are enrolled in a first-year transitions (FYT) course that helps facilitate their transition from high school to college, while also encouraging them to engage in service projects to benefit the community.

Recognizing the needs of the community during the pandemic, they chose to tie dye face coverings that could be donated to EBCAP as one of their FYT service projects. Jaci Andersen, Peer Mentor, had recently completed an internship at EBCAP and facilitated the connection for the project.

The following students participated: Bridget Esposito, Celia Celona, Bella Ares, Sofia Abuin, Brianna Neary, Thomas Buckman, Olivia Marcyoniak, Grace Lee, Angelina Pitti, Mathieu Pelletier, Marcelo Paredes, Kyle Sullivan, Bella Racinez, Corilyn Richard, Christina Orellana, Gabriella Vasta, and Lauren Curry.

Their colorful face coverings are now being distributed at EBCAP's East Bay Recovery Center. Many thanks to the FYT students. Their creativity and generosity are very much appreciated by our staff and clients!
Shaw's, Middletown, Giving Back

East Bay Community Action Program has been selected to be a part of Shaw’s GIVE BACK WHERE IT COUNTS Reusable Bag Program.

For the month of December, each time a $2.50 reusable GIVE BACK WHERE IT COUNTS Bag is purchased at the Shaw’s located at 71 East Main Road, Middletown, RI, $1 will be donated to the organization. Proceeds will benefit our Annual Appeal to fill our food pantries.

Looking for gift bags for your holiday packages? Why not purchase a few of these re-usable bags and support a great cause?
Hunger and Hope Raises Critical Funds for Food Pantries
On November 12, 2020 Hunger and Hope, a virtual cooking class fundraiser benefitting EBCAP’s three food pantries, streamed live from the Demo Kitchen at Hope and Main in Warren, RI. Chef Mary Hughes of Savory Fare and Chef Haley Pollock of The Holistic Trick taught the cooking class and prepared take home meals for "Chef's Table" ticket holders.

The event kicked off the agency's Annual Campaign for food pantries with $14,000 raised.

We are honored and grateful to have had such kind support from many individuals and businesses.