Hunger and Hope

Hunger and Hope was a virtual cooking class fundraiser, held November 12, 2020 to benefit EBCAP’s food pantries

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About this event

Hunger and Hope, a virtual online cooking class fundraiser benefitting East Bay Community Action Program’s three food pantries, kicked off this year’s Annual Fund campaign, also benefitting the agency’s food pantries. Hunger and Hope was streamed live via Zoom from the kitchens of Hope and Main on November 12, 2020. Participants could choose to cook along with chefs Mary Wise Hughes of Savory Fare, Inc. and Haley Pollock, of The Holistic Trick. Or if they preferred to just watch and dine, with their “Chef’s Table Ticket,” the evening’s meal was available for pick -up at Hope and Main in Warren, RI (on Veteran’s Day, November 11th) … they could just reheat and enjoy! No matter how they chose to participate in this interactive cooking fundraiser, they were sure to learn a thing or two while supporting an important cause. Plus, there were plenty of chances to win door prize drawings of fabulous culinary finds and more! Tickets were available on Eventbrite.

What Was Cookin’

Participants learned how to prepare a simple and scrumptious dinner that echoed elegant Indian cuisine – chicken roasted with sour cream, lemon juice and mango chutney with accompanying dishes of beautiful mango couscous and tasty Gujerati-style green beans. Special enough for company, but easy enough to become a favorite family meal. For dessert, a spiced up version of a fall classic! This Chai Apple Crumb Gallette satisfies all your cravings this season and teach you how to make a healthier, traditional pie dough by hand! No more using frozen pie dough! Top with regular or dairy-free ice cream or coconut whip for a seriously delicious ending to any meal!

Prior to the event, participants received the recipe and list of ingredients so they could prepare for the cooking class.

How You Helped Your Community

Your support of Hunger and Hope benefitted EBCAP’s three food pantries which have been visited nearly 5,000 times in 2020 by 1,500 households (nearly 4,000 individuals). Food insecurity is also being addressed at the agency’s COVID testing sites in Newport and East Providence where as of November 2020 EBCAP had distributed bags of non-perishable food to help more than 160 individuals. Senior citizens, isolated during the pandemic, benefitted as well from EBCAP’s food pantries with door-to-door grocery deliveries from our staff and volunteers. Your support helps us continue to keep our shelves well-stocked with nutritious food in the months ahead for your friends and neighbors in need. When you joined us for the event, you united with us to fight Hunger and bring Hope to many. Thank you!


Special thanks to Mary Wise Hughes of Savory Fare, Inc., and Haley Pollock of The Holistic Trick for selflessly giving of their time and talents to help plan Hunger and Hope, develop recipes, prepare meals, and lead our cooking class.

Much gratitude goes also to Hope and Main in Warren, RI for hosting the event and food pick-up, and for facilitating the connection with Mary and Haley, our chefs and Hope and Main entrepreneurs.

Our Sponsors

Hunger and Hope Virtual Event Sponsors

Leading Event Sponsor
Neighborhood Health Plan of Rhode Island

Executive Chef Sponsors
Patty Bean
Dr. and Mrs. Daniel Becker
Navigant Credit Union
New England Properties
The Law Office of William J. Conley, Jr.
Tufts Health Plan
Sous Chef Sponsor

2020 Count Us In Sponsors

We are pleased to recognize our 2020 “Count Us In” Sponsors. When EBCAP canceled all 2020 in-person fundraising events due to the pandemic, these loyal supporters chose to convert their sponsor contributions to support for EBCAP’s work during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Leading Count Us In Sponsor:
Neighborhood Health Plan of Rhode Island
Gold Count Us In Sponsors:
Starkweather and Shepley Insurance Brokerage, Inc.
Silver Count Us In Sponsors:
Dr. and Mrs. Daniel Becker
Eastern Bank
The Law Office of William J. Conley, Jr.
Count Us In Patron:
Tufts Health Plan
Count Us In Friend:
Bank of America


Please contact Maggie Laurianno, Event Coordinator, by calling 401-259-2526 or by emailing Thank you!

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