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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.
 / COURTESY DAVID LEVESQUE

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...
THE R.I. DEPARTMENT OF HUMAN SERVICES has been levied a $2 million payment to the USDA to reimburse SNAP program payment errors. The charge will be paid by Deloitte Consulting, according to state Executive Office of Health and Human Services.

Delloitte faces $2M payment of R.I. SNAP errors; USDA offers settlement,...

PROVIDENCE – Following a Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program payment error rate of 13.81% for federal fiscal 2018 and 11.24% in fiscal 2017, the U.S....

Report: Many Rhode Islanders can’t make ends meet

PROVIDENCE – Two-thirds of single-parent families and large numbers of other Rhode Islanders don’t earn enough to cover basic expenses, according to a report...
THE RHODE ISLAND Community Food Bank reported that food insecurity in Rhode Island is on the rise as food cost inflation outpaces wage gains.

Report: Food insecurity in R.I. on the rise despite improving economy

PROVIDENCE – Food insecurity in Rhode Island is on the rise, according to a new report from the Rhode Island Community Food Bank released...

Farm Fresh Rhode Island receives $4.6M in federal funds to launch...

PAWTUCKET – Farm Fresh Rhode Island has received $4.6 million to help encourage Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program participants across New England to increase their...
THE FISCAL 2017 SINGLE AUDIT for Rhode Island consisted of 79 recommendations. Many of the issues were related to the RIBridges system, part of the UHIP computer overhaul. / COURTESY OFFICE OF THE AUDITOR GENERAL

R.I.’s Single Audit finds shortcomings in state IT planning, execution

PROVIDENCE – The lack of a state government strategic plan to replace and enhance key financial systems is but one conclusion reached in the...

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