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St. Edward Food Center

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1001 Branch Avenue

Providence, RI 02904

About St. Edward Food Center

Distributes groceries to families in need, open Wednesdays, 10am-12pm and 5pm-6pm. Registration is required.

Saint Edward Food and Wellness Center, located at 1001 Branch Avenue, Providence, began its operation on March 26, 2003, in response to the plight of hunger in the geographical north end of the city, a large impoverished area with limited resources, dilapidated public housing and statistically high poverty levels. More recently, needy families from nearby North Providence were added to the area of eligibility. The original design of the pantry was “client choice” which enabled the clients to personally select the food items they needed from what was stocked on the shelves. However, due to Covid-19 restrictions, we closed our indoor premises to the public and transitioned to distributing bags filled with nutritious groceries for pick up in the Food Center parking lot. Because “client choice” is the preferred method of serving our guests (it provides more dignity through personal choice), to the extent possible, other grocery items, including refrigerated and frozen foods, fresh produce and assorted goods are displayed on tables in the lot for guests to choose what their families need. Hopefully and with the grace of God, we will return to complete client-choice soon.