Bringing Hope to Main Street

We believe that a resilient local food economy is built on the shoulders of the small business owners who refuse to give up!

A fundraising campaign for Hope & Main



Since the pandemic took hold in Rhode Island, we felt that Hope & Main’s focus must be on restoring our local food system and providing food assistance for our neighbors in need.


In a few short months, we have helped dozens of entrepreneurs-- many displaced from the food industry-- to launch new businesses from our facility. A number of these fledgling businesses, in turn, prepared the thousands of free, nutritious meals that we distributed to our food insecure neighbors through the Nourish Our Neighbors program.  This was only possible through the kindness and generosity of our community. 


In years past the Schoolyard Twilight Party, our annual fundraiser, helped Hope & Main to raise vital funds to support our mission. But a 400+ person event was not possible in 2020!  So we ask you to consider a gift in place of the $35 ticket to our annual fundraiser this year. For gifts of $70+ we will send you a yummy foodie freebie made exclusively for Hope & Main.  


Thank you for believing in the power of our mission!  Your generous gift enables us to help aspiring entrepreneurs recover their livelihoods. Your kindness enables us to address food insecurity and helps our community to pursue healthier lives.


Together we are rebuilding a stronger, more resilient food system for Rhode Island. Together we are bringing hope to Main Street.

P.S: If you make a gift today, please leave a "Hope Note" in the comment section of the giving form. We will share these notes of hope for our community with recipients of Hope & Main's Nourish Our Neighbors meals for the holidays. This year meals will be distributed to the East Bay Senior Centers and the Women's Resource Center for women and their children living in transitional housing. All notes are anonymous, but are sure to brighten someone's day! 

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About the Organization

Hope & Main is Rhode Island’s premier culinary incubator and among the top ten in the country. We have launched nearly 300 businesses in the past six years.

Our mission is to empower an inclusive community of entrepreneurs to jumpstart and cultivate thriving food businesses that are the foundation of a more just, sustainable and resilient local food economy.

We are:
- An integrated system of accessible resources that equips entrepreneurs with the competence, confidence and connections to achieve their business ambitions.
- A community of educators who partner with diverse industry professionals and experts to bring relevant information and insight that entrepreneurs need to remain nimble and responsive to the opportunities and demands of a constantly evolving food landscape.
- A voice of advocacy for the needs of small business entrepreneurs and the potential they represent for a more equitable and vibrant local food system.