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A plan to squash food insecurity

The U.S. Department of Agriculture in October is set to permanently increase the value of Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program benefits by 25% above pre-pandemic...

McKee opposes levy on sugary beverages; PPP tax threshold under review

PROVIDENCE - Gov. Daniel J. McKee on Tuesday said he opposes legislation in the General Assembly calling for a 1.5-cent-per-ounce tax on bottled and...
John Santos

Sugary drinks tax benefits R.I.’s vulnerable

Equitable access to healthy food is one of the most important values driving my work as the general manager of Urban Greens Food Co-op....
GROWING NEED: Rhode Island Community Food Bank CEO Andrew Schiff has seen the number of individuals needing food increase from 53,000 to 68,000 people per month since March. / PBN PHOTO/TRACY JENKINS

R.I. Community Food Bank has a full plate in combating COVID-19...

While the Rhode Island Community Food Bank’s work is critical year after year to people in need, that work has reached a new level...

Burrillville woman pleads to falsely obtaining $16K in SNAP benefits

PROVIDENCE – A Burrillville woman received a five-year deferred sentence and was ordered to repay $16,402 to the state after she pleaded no contest...
LOADING UP: Ric Wild, executive director at the Good Neighbors Inc. food pantry in East Providence, loads bags of food into a vehicle while volunteer Elaine Fredrick fills boxes. / PBN PHOTO/TRACY JENKINS

STARVING FOR HELP: Needy flock to R.I.’s overwhelmed food pantries

IT'S COMMON for Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Community Center Executive Director Heather Hole Strout to see adults and the elderly seeking food at...
RHODE ISLAND will receive $14.2 million in federal funds to provide meals to children and low-income families during the COVID-19-related school closures. AP FILE PHOTO/CAROLYN KASTER

R.I. to receive $14.2M from feds for children nutrition programs during...

PROVIDENCE – Rhode Island is set to receive $14.2 million to feed children and low income families as part of the federal stimulus to...

ACLU challenges state demand letters for food assistance repayment

PROVIDENCE – The American Civil Liberties Union of Rhode Island has filed a federal lawsuit that seeks to prevent the state from issuing demand...
NEW ROLE: Womazetta Jones, left, who was nominated by Gov. Gina M. Raimondo, right, as secretary of the R.I. Executive Office of Health and Human Services and began her new role in late July, said there’s an absolute necessity to better deliver services respectful of cultural and economic diversity.

Five questions with Womazetta Jones

Womazetta Jones | Secretary, R.I. Executive Office of Health and Human Services 1. You became Rhode Island’s chief of health and human services in late...
MORE THAN 11,000 households in Rhode Island will lose SNAP benefits under the Trump administration's proposed eligibility change.

Study: USDA rule change would cut more than 11,000 R.I. families...

PROVIDENCE – More than 11,000 Rhode Islanders would lose Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program benefits if a Trump administration proposal to narrow eligibility requirements is...

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