Food & Nutrition


Cooking Demonstrations

Monthly cooking demonstrations are offered at Franklin Court Independent Living Community Room with meal demonstrations, nutritional facts, recipes, meal-in-a-bag to go (for the first 40 participants), food tastings and socialization. Click here to see past recipes









Senior Transportation Services

This program transports senior citizens from their homes to access the East Bay Food Pantry on Wednesday shopping days, in addition to Fridays for the pantry’s Fresh Fruit Friday program.

Food Access Navigator

The navigator will make available food tastings at the Food on the Move markets (from available market offerings) and ensure that available incentive programs are implemented at markets.  A database of recipes continues to grow.  Navigator is also working with the Food/Nutrition working group to refine a food access/incentives brochure.


Marketing Incentives Program

Provides financial incentives (vouchers) in an attempt to drive residents to the bi-weekly Food on the Move markets, Food Tastings and Cooking Demonstrations.  The intent is to utilize the HEZ’ unofficial ‘Food Hub’ at Franklin Court Independent Living facility as a community resource within the three target demographics.

Camp Poppasquaw Community Garden Program

Garden Manager will work with Bristol Parks and Recreation summer camp children to teach benefits of healthy eating/healthy lifestyles via gardening skills.  50% of products go home with campers, while the other 50% is donated to the East Bay Food Pantry.

Coggeshall Farm ‘Moo, Cluck, Yum’ School Program

Onsite field trip/classroom program targeted towards all 5th grade classes to include lessons on healthy eating/healthy lifestyles centered around a focus of historic and sustainable agriculture.

Phase II of the Food Venue Assessment

Coordination with the Bristol Merchants Association and the Bristol Economic Development Coordinator will occur to complete Phase 2 of the Food Venue Assessment, intended to increase pricing placement and offerings of healthy foods.


Walk with Ease

This six-week walking program will provide an opportunity for increased physical activity for the participants in the DPP program.

You may be at risk for type 2 diabetes, but there is something you can do about it.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention-led National Diabetes Prevention Program can help you make a change for life. This program helps you learn how to change your lifestyle to prevent type 2 diabetes.

Diabetes Prevention Program Sessions

This program teaches people how to lower their risk of getting Type 2 Diabetes by eating healthier, increasing physical activity, and losing weight. Group sessions are held once a week for 16 weeks and then on a monthly basis.

Cooking Demos

Male chef cooking a steaming dish, HEZ cooking demo, cooking demos

Our popular Cooking Demonstrations are held on alternating months at the Franklin Court Independent Living Community Room and the Bristol Housing Authority Community Room. Learn how to prepare delicious, healthy meals with a local chef.

The first 40 people receive a bag of ingredients to make at home! Check out some of the delicious and nutritious recipes we've presented so far.

Diabetes Prevention Program 

(past program)


Physical Activity

Program Coordinator at Quinta Gamelin Community Center

The co-coordinators will plan, coordinate and deliver comprehensive recreational activities and programs at the community center.


East Bay Fitness Challenge for Families and Seniors

This well-attended 10-week fitness challenge was offered again this year to increase physical fitness activity for families and seniors.

Development of Town-wide Walk and Bike Plan

This walk and bike plan will utilize the data collected in Year 2 to identify a safe plan to increase walking and biking in the community, in addition to formulate a series of infrastructure recommendations, extracted from Complete Streets techniques and approaches.


Substance Use Awareness & Prevention

Courageous Kids Summer Program 2018, 2019, 2020

East Bay Recovery Center

A drop-in recovery center located in the Parish House of St. Michael's Church, 378 Hope Street, Bristol.

Open Mondays 1pm-4pm, Tuesdays 9am-12pm, Wednesdays 1pm-4pm, and Thursdays 5pm-8pm.

Offering services including:

  • All-Recovery Meetings

  • Recovery Training Series

  • Family Support Groups

  • Recovery Coaching

  • Social Events

  • Telephone Support

  • Wellness Activities (yoga classes, meditation groups and health screenings)

  • drop-in Naxolone trainings

Recovery Rally 2017,2018,2019


REST Recovery Toolkit


  • Allies in Recovery membership

  • Narcan dose

  • 12 panel drug test

  • Framework for a Family Crisis Plan

  • folder of resources

  • REST kit - eye mask, ear plugs, essential oils

Narcan Trainings and Naloxbox installation


Opioid Forums

Opioid Prevention Plan -- see the plan here


Too Good for Drugs (5th Grade)

This curriculum builds the framework for drug-fee living through a fun and interactive journey of setting reachable goals, making responsible decisions, and refusing negative peer pressure.

Project ALERT

Classroom-based substance abuse prevention program for 7th and 8th graders (Kickemuit Middle School) that is proven to reduce the experimental and continued use of drugs. Through a series of comprehensive lessons, Project ALERT motivates students against drug use, cultivates new non-use attitudes and beliefs, and equips teens with the skills and strategies they’ll use to resist drugs.

Personal Health & Wellness

Bristol Kindness Project

Student Advocate at Mt. Hope High School

The navigator increases the availability of Integrated Health Services to students at Mt. Hope and their families by providing linkages to resources in the community.

Suicide Prevention Initiatives

  • Mt. Hope Bridge Signage

  • Mental Health Matters Community Conversations Partnership with AFSP for Educational initiatives

  • Talk Saves Lives

  • Suicide Survivors Day


Parents as Teachers

This program provides biweekly or monthly home visits to families in Bristol and Warren with children between the ages of birth and three.  They also offer group connections, resource referrals, and a monthly newsletter.

RI Association of Infant Mental Health Learning Collaborative

This collaborative will serve to increase awareness of the importance of infant mental health as a foundation for healthy development by providing a group of leaders from various program opportunities to enhance their learning and bring this learning out into the community to reach other professionals that can benefit from increased professional development.

Boys Town Common Sense Parenting Program

Seven-week parenting program designed to teach parents or professionals working with youth easy-to-learn techniques to address issues of communication, discipline, decision making, relationships, self-control and school success.