Welcome to Project Hand Up!

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We are a Rhode Island-based nonprofit providing impoverished individuals and their families with food so they do not have to choose between eating and paying bills. Proudly serving hundreds of customers each week!

About Us

A hand up, not a handout

Project Hand Up (PHU) is a 501(c)3 nonprofit that helps people of all walks of life shop for groceries for a suggested donation that helps to stretch their paycheck, so they do not have to chose between eating and paying bills.

Our mission is to support those tackling challenging times with food assistance, no questions asked.

For a small $6 donation shoppers receive about $200 worth of groceries and maintain their dignity.

PHU is not just for the homeless and the impoverished, it is for all. Many will not stand in a food pantry line and therefore go without. Times are tough for everyone and this program is a win-win, as we rescue food that would otherwise go to waste.

We are a nonprofit.

100% of our donations go back into the program and our community. We help 500+ families a week save hundreds on groceries.

We are volunteers.

From collecting donations, unloading trucks, repurposing, preparing bags to be loaded into each vehicle, and much more.

We are a food rescue.

We collect from Trader Joe's, Whole Foods, Stop & Shop, Ocean State Job Lot and more. Some of the food we offer is past its sell by date, but safe to eat.
For Shoppers

How to obtain your groceries each week

Our shopping process is curbside pickup with no contact. You can shop once a week and for a $6 donation you will receive roughly $200 worth of groceries or more! We accept cash, credit, and debit.

Tuesdays 3:00–5:00pm for last name A – K, 60+ & Veterans
Thursdays 3:00–5:00pm for last name L – Z, 60+ & Veterans
Fridays 3:00–4:30pm for remaining shoppers, 60+ & Veterans.

Here's how it works:

Grab a Number

Enter the West Warwick Civic Center parking lot (100 Factory St, West Warwick, RI 02893) at the top of Factory St. AFTER 3PM on your shopping day. You will then be given a number and put into a car line in the Civic Center parking lot.

Get In Line

Please stay in your vehicle while waiting in line at the Civic Center. A volunteer will direct your car down the hill to Project Hand Up when your number is called.

Enter the Lot

Enter the parking lot of 15 Factory St, West Warwick, RI 02893, where more of our volunteers will guide you into line. Please have your $6 donation (We accept cash, credit, and debit) and your ID ready, as well as your appetite!

Collect Your Food

We offer contactless pickup. A volunteer will load groceries into your vehicle. We ask that you have your trunk cleaned out and do not leave your vehicle. If there is not enough room for the groceries,Β then we will only load what we can fit.
Our Volunteers

Meet the Local Legends of Project Hand Up

Say hello to the loving souls who make our mission possible! From preparing to packaging to distributing, everything we do is a reflection of their hard work and selflessness.
Customer Reviews

Praise for Project Hand Up

Our shoppers are more than just customers, they are family. Hear how PHU has made a difference for them!

And the winner is...

When your heart is in the right place, all else follows. We are blessed to have earned such amazing accolades in support of our community!

Families Helped Each Week

Food Products Rescued Daily

Volunteer Hours Weekly

Volunteers Joining the Cause

Communities Supported

Awards Won

15 Factory St, West Warwick, RI 02893

"Be the change you wish to see in the world" -Gandhi


Contact Us

We'd love to hear from you! Whether it's a question about our shopping process, discussing a donation, or a desire to volunteer, we invite you to use the contact form below to get in touch!