Emergency Services

Food Pantry
BVCAP has a food pantry available to low-income families on weekdays. Clients are scheduled to come in on weekdays between 9 a.m. and 3:15 p.m.

You can receive free food once a month by appointment only.
To schedule an appointment call: (401) 723-4520

Please bring your own bags!

To pick up your food visit the BVCAP Woodlawn Community Center located at 210 West Ave in Pawtucket RI.


SNAP Application (Food Stamps)
Through URI Outreach, clients who visit our food pantry are able to apply for the supplemental nutrition assistance program (SNAP) once a week between the hours of 9 a.m. and 12 p.m. every Monday at the Woodlawn Community Center.


TaxesTax Assistance
Blackstone Valley Community Action Program provides free tax assistance to those with an annual income less than $54,000. The Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) site at BVCAP is open from January until April, with trained tax preparers.

Call the BVCAP Woodlawn Community Center at (401) 475-5071 to make an appointment, or drop by anytime Tuesday – Thursday between 9am and 4pm.



Project UndercoverDiapers
Project Undercover believes that every child has the right to be clean and dry. That’s why we provide free diapers, socks, underwear and baby wipes to help the approximately 45,000 children throughout Rhode Island living in poverty.

Clients are able to receive one package of diapers every 30 days for each child under the age of 3. Diapers are available for pickup on weekdays between 9am and 3pm.

New clients need proof of identification such as a social security card, birth certificate, or medical card for both the parent and baby.

For more information or to donate diapers, please visit: www.projectundercover.org/


Basic Centers

The Basic Centers Program of BVCAP, funded by the family and Family Youth Services Bureau (FYSB) of the Department of Health and Human Services, provides trauma-informed prevention and emergency shelter services to runaway and homeless youth.  The Basic Center Program is able to engage with youth age 16-17 who are homeless, have run away, or are at risk for these circumstances due to family and personal reasons.  The Basic Center Program has a drop-in center for eligible youth, or those youth needing connection to other supports, or simply a safe place to spend time.  The Basic Center Program is also able to provide youth with warm clothing, toiletries, and connections to emergency food, public benefits, education and job training programs and various counseling offerings.  The Basic Center staff are also knowledgeable about additional youth and/or homelessness resources throughout the state, for those youth who may not qualify for the program.  The Basic Center staff and drop-in center are located at 32 Goff Avenue.

For more information, or if you or someone you know may need help, please call (401) 723-4520, and ask for Basic Centers.  There are four full-time staff dedicated to helping youth needing services who live anywhere in Rhode Island, and are able to come to youth who cannot get to the drop-in center.



Furniture Bank (RI Donation Exchange)
The Furniture Bank operates as a redistribution center by accepting donations of good quality furniture and household items from individuals and businesses statewide and passing them on to qualified individuals and families.

BVCAP can assist with applications for the RI Furniture Bank for discounted used furniture and clothing. Applications for furniture are available at the Food Pantry between the hours of 9AM and 3:15PM. Walk-ins are welcome!

For more information visit: https://furniturebankri.wordpress.com/