PORTSMOUTH, R.I. \u2014 The Portsmouth Community Emergency Food Bank, operating since March 30, 2020 in a concerted effort to serve the needs of our residents during the COVID-19 crisis, has provided food for many households from the donations of many generous people and organizations.\nTown Administrator, Richard Rainer said, "Although our Portsmouth Community Emergency Food Bank food has been previously distributed without respect to residency, regretfully, due to the high demand, the exceptionally long hours of volunteers and a limited supply of food and monetary donations, for the time being, both a change of hours of operation and criteria for method of obtaining food for those in need is required. "\nStarting Monday, April 20th, the Portsmouth Community Emergency Food Bank will only be open Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 10:00am to 2:00pm for food distribution and will only be available to residents of Portsmouth.\u00a0 The Food Bank will no longer be open on Tuesday and Thursday\nAll seeking food will be asked to show some form of photo identification and proof of Portsmouth residency. Those from other towns and jurisdictions will be directed to services in their own community.\nThe Food Bank is located in the Parish Hall of Saint Barnabas Church, 1697 East Main Road, Portsmouth.\u00a0 Portsmouth residents may come to the lower, rear parking lot of Saint Barnabas Church and follow the signs. A Food Bank volunteer will come out to your car to assist you. Please do not park or get out of your vehicle.\u00a0Unfortunately, we are only able to provide food for one family per vehicle without prior arrangements. Please call the Food Bank at 401-643-0323 to make arrangements if someone other than yourself needs to pick up food.\nFor those unable to come to the Food Bank personally, need other assistance or have special circumstances, please call 401-643-0323 during normal operating hours or email\firstname.lastname@example.org\u00a0to make alternate arrangements.\nFood donations are urgently needed due to a very high demand and limited donations.\nTO DONATE FOOD. Donations are most truly appreciated. Non-perishable, non-expired food items can be dropped off anytime between 8:30am and 2:00pm Monday, Wednesday and\/or Friday. Bring your donation to the Parish Hall, lower parking lot, and a volunteer will come out to your car to receive it. Please do not park or exit your vehicle. The generous support of all has been overwhelming thus far.\nItems needed are such things as: cereal, pancake mix, syrup, mac & cheese, peanut butter, jelly, powdered milk, baked beans, canned fruit, pasta sauce, canned pasta, canned vegetables, canned tuna or chicken, crackers, Minute Rice packages, canned soups, coffee, tea, hot chocolate, or similar.\nTO MAKE A MONETARY DONATION.\nText\u00a0PEFB\u00a0to\u00a0555888\u00a0and click on your choice of a one-time gift or a recurring payment, or\nVisit the Donation linkstbarnabasportsmouth.weshareonline.org\u00a0and click on the \u201cMake a Donation\u201d button under the \u201cPortsmouth Emergency Food Bank\u201d, or\nWrite a Check?\u00a0Make 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.\nGift Cards\u00a0to area markets will also be accepted, and used primarily to purchase needed items for the Food Bank supply. They will no longer be included in Food Bank packages to be distributed.\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.