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PLAYTIME: Jordan Towle, a visitor services manager at the Providence Children’s Museum, plays with Jorge Rodrigues, 1, of Providence. The museum, according to Executive Director Caroline Payson, relies on ticket sales and membership fees to bolster operating costs. 
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Finding workforce is labor intensive for local nonprofits

The COVID-19 pandemic’s cascading aftereffects have been complicated and hard to shake for Rhode Island’s nonprofits, which employ 67,000 Rhode Islanders. That number represents...
HEAVY LIFTING: Joe Parillo, left, warehouse expeditor, and Joe Regan, warehouse manager, unload cases of canned goods at the Rhode Island Community Food Bank’s distribution center in Providence.
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High food costs still difficult to digest in R.I.

The past few years have been especially hard for Rhode Island ­residents facing food ­insecurity. Within the Ocean State, 1 in 3 ­households cannot...
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Weekly food block party launches in Warren

It sounds like the perfect summer evening. A Wednesday gathering with a craft cocktail or mocktail and a freshly fried falafel pocket, Korean corn...

Farm Fresh R.I. receives $812K in food stamps support

PROVIDENCE – A Rhode Island initiave to increase access to locally sourced food for lower income residents has received $812,000 in federal funding. The initiative,...

Washington Trust annual Peanut Butter Drive comes at crucial time

WESTERLY – The Washington Trust Co. has kicked off its annual Peanut Butter Drive, the 23rd year for an event that benefits the Rhode Island Community...

DHS warns of increase in fraudulent activity targeting SNAP, RI Works...

PROVIDENCE – Fraudulent activity targeting Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program and Rhode Island Works benefit recipients is on the rise, the R.I. Department of Human...
THE FEDERAL COVID-19 emergency Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program benefits will end after Feb. 1. The decision will impact approximately 140,000 Rhode Islanders who receive such benefits.

Federal COVID-19 SNAP emergency benefits set to expire, will affect 140K...

PROVIDENCE – Approximately 10% of the state’s population who rely on the federal Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program payments will no longer receive COVID-19 emergency...

R.I. Food Bank report: Hunger in state worse than during pandemic

PROVIDENCE – Food insecurity has gotten worse in Rhode Island this past year than it was during the COVID-19 pandemic, mostly due to inflation...
THE RHODE ISLAND COMMUNITY Food Bank released Monday its annual Status Report on Hunger in Rhode Island, which notes that racial inequities and food insecurity remain high. Food Bank CEO Andrew Schiff, pictured, feels the COVID-19 pandemic made things worse for communities of color. / PBN FILE PHOTO/RUPERT WHITELEY

R.I. food bank: Food insecurity, racial inequities still problematic

PROVIDENCE – As Rhode Island’s economy gradually recovers from the COVID-19 pandemic, food insecurity remains high, affording adequate food is still a challenge for...

RIPHI’s Food on the Move launches fourth mobile market

CENTRAL FALLS – The Rhode Island Public Health Institute’s Food on the Move program has added another location to its mobile produce market. The organization...
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