PORTSMOUTH, R.I. \u2014 The Town of Portsmouth, RI community emergency food bank continues to serve the needs of those affected by the COVID-19 crisis.\n\nThe Food Bank, graciously hosted by St. Barnabas Church 1697 East Main Rd, started distribution on Tuesday, March 31, 2020.\nPeople have been exceptionally generous in donating food.\u00a0 Wendy Bulk, the Town staff coordinator for the Food Bank said, \u201cThe Food Bank has been \u2018holding its own\u2019 in serving those in need. Last week, we provided the equivalent of over 160 meals to over 70 families from throughout the local area.\u201d\nShe added, \u201cthe Food Bank is staffed entirely by community volunteers who have been exceptional.\u00a0 They have designed a \u2018drive-up\u2019 process where there is no need for people to exit their vehicle.\u00a0 Volunteers ask for the number of people that are in need of food and pre-stocked bags are provided while minimizing individual contact and maximizing \u2018social distancing.' I can\u2019t say enough about the tremendous support from St. Barnabas\u201d.\nThe Town expects an increasing need to replenish the Food Bank throughout the COVID-19 crisis. Non-Perishable, non-expired food Items can be dropped off at the parish hall (church lower parking lot) from 8 AM to 4 PM, Monday through Friday.\u00a0 Call 401-643-0323 or email\firstname.lastname@example.org\u00a0and leave a message if you need more information about donating food.\nFood and food-related items needed include things such as:\u00a0 cereal, pancake mix, syrup, mac & cheese, peanut butter, jelly, powdered milk, baked beans, canned fruit, pasta sauce, canned pasta, canned vegetables, canned tuna and\u00a0 chicken, crackers, Minute Rice packages, canned soups, coffee, tea, hot chocolate, and grocery store gift cards.\nFamilies in need can\u00a0come to the Food Bank (in the St. Barnabas Parish Hall, around the back of the church, lower parking lot) between 10am and 2pm Monday through Friday and follow the signs.\u00a0 A Food Bank volunteer will meet you and bring food out to your car. People who are unable to get to the Food Bank between 10am and 2pm, please call 401-643-0323 or email\email@example.com\u00a0and a Food Bank volunteer will get back to you within 24 hours to address your needs.\nAs the COVID-19 situation continues as will the need for volunteers at the Food Bank. If you desire to volunteer at the Food Bank to accept food, re-stock the shelves or have the ability to deliver food or pick up food donations from those who cannot come to the Food Bank, call 401-643-0323 or email\firstname.lastname@example.org\u00a0with the days\/times available and what you would be interested in doing.\nPeople have been exceptionally generous in donating food but they have also been very generous in donating money to help fill out the food inventory. Cash donations, that will go into a dedicated Food Bank account can be done by text (Text\u00a0pefb\u00a0to\u00a0555888\u00a0and click on your choice of a one-time gift or a recurring payment) or via a donation link (stbarnabasportsmouth.weshareonline.org\u00a0and click on the \u201cMake a Donation\u201d button under the \u201cPortsmouth Emergency Food Bank\u201d). Funds can also be donated by a checks payable to the \u201cTown of Portsmouth\u201d. (Note \u201cFood Bank\u201d on the check and either hand-deliver to the Food Bank or mail to Portsmouth Community Food Bank, Portsmouth Town Hall, 2200 East Main Rd. Portsmouth, RI 02871. )\nFor more Information regarding the Portsmouth Emergency Food Bank, visit the Portsmouth Town Hall website at\u00a0portsmouthri.com, or contact Wendy Bulk at the Portsmouth Town Hall by calling 401-787-0281 or emailing\email@example.com.