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About Tap-in

​A Heartfelt Journey Since 1983

In 1983, six visionary women from Rhode Island's East Bay embarked on a mission. They envisioned a better quality of life for their neighbors and founded Tap-In. What started as a hub for referrals and information blossomed into a haven offering food, clothes, furniture, transport, and much more.

Our Mission

At the heart of our efforts lies a simple yet profound goal - to enhance the lives of East Bay residents by offering resources that combat food insecurity and economic challenges.

Incredible as it might sound, Tap-In is entirely volunteer-driven. A passionate team of 130 locals powers us, and we are wholly funded by generous donations and grants from our community members, businesses, schools, worship places, and other civic entities.

Our Impact

Our reach extends to residents of Barrington, Bristol, East Providence, and Warren. As a proud member agency of the Rhode Island Community Food Bank, we can efficiently source food and supplies.


Local companies, individual households, schools, and other civic organizations have been our backbone, supporting our endeavors, whether it's through food drives or thoughtful initiatives like children opting for Tap-In donations over party gifts.

Reflecting on 2022, Tap-In touched the lives of over 1,100 families and 880 children. Our special Thanksgiving and Holiday Programs brought smiles to approximately 700 families during each occasion. And as winter chills the air, our unique initiative ensures every client stays warm with blankets and comforters.

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Holiday Closings


Monday, January 1 - New Year's Day, Closed

Monday, January 15 - Martin Luther King Jr. Day, Closed

Monday, February 19 - President’s Day, Closed

Monday, May 27 - Memorial Day (observed), Closed

Wednesday, June 19 - Juneteenth, Closed

Thursday, July 4 - Independence Day, Closed

Monday, August 12 - Victory Day, Closed

Monday, September 2 - Labor Day, Closed

Monday, October 14 - Indigenous People's Day, Closed

Monday, November 11 - Veteran’s Day, Closed

Wednesday, November 27 - Thanksgiving Eve Day

Thursday, November 28 - Thanksgiving, Closed

Friday, November 29 - Day after Thanksgiving, Closed

Tuesday, December 24 - Christmas Eve Day

Wednesday, December 25 - Christmas Day, Closed

Thursday, December 26 - Day after Christmas, Closed

Tuesday, December 31 - New Year’s Eve

Wednesday, January 1 (2025) - New Year’s Day, Closed

Our Partners

A very special thank you to our donors for their dedication and generous support!

Bank of Newport (Barrington Branch)

Barrington Baptist Church

Barrington Congregational Church

Barrington High School

Barrington Middle School

Barrington Lions Club

Barrington Women’s Club

Barrington Presbyterian Church

Barrington United Methodist Church

Barrington Business and Community Association

Barrington District Nursing Association

Barrington Farm School

Barrington Garden Club

Barrington Letter Carriers Association

Barrington Police Department

Barrington Public Library

Bayside YMCA

Boys Scouts (Barrington Troops)

Bristol Female Charitable Society

Broad Rock Middle School

City of East Providence, Community Development Division

Champlain Foundation

CVS Health

Diocese of Providence

East Providence Seekonk Rotary Club

Farm Fresh RI

Girls Scouts (Barrington Troops)

Hameho Garden Club

Hampton Meadows Elementary

Harbor One Bank

Hasbro Children’s Fund

McCoy Community Farm

Montessori Center of Barrington

Nayatt School

Philanthropic Education Organization

Primrose Hill School

Rhode Island Community Food Bank

Rhode Island Foundation

Rhode Island Legislature

Saint John’s Episcopal Church

Saint James Lutheran Church

Saint Luke’s Catholic Church

Saint Luke’s School

Holy Angels Catholic Church

Red Brick School

Saints Matthew and Mark Episcopal Church

Shaw’s Nourishing Neighbor Program

Spencer Trust Fund, Town of Barrington

Sowams Elementary School

United Way of RI

Temple Habonim

Washington Trust Charitable

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