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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...

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1. RIDE, R.I. Department of Human Services ­announce Summer P-EBT benefits POSTED ONLINE: JULY 6. The R.I. Department of Education and the R.I. Department...

President Joe Biden extends eviction and foreclosure moratoriums

PROVIDENCE – In his first day in office, President Joe Biden signed a series of executive orders, including one that extends an existing moratorium...
ABOUT ONE IN FOUR households lack adequate food, according to the Rhode Island Community Food Bank's 2020 Status Report on Hunger in Rhode Island.

R.I. Food Bank’s hunger report: Hunger insecurity in state reaches record...

PROVIDENCE – About one in four households in Rhode Island lacks adequate food and underlying medical conditions that increase the risk of severe illness...
THE R.I. DEPARTMENT of Environmental Management has awarded $130,008 in federally funded farm viability grants. / COURTESY R.I. DEPARTMENT OF ENVIRONMENTAL MANAGEMENT

DEM awards $130K to boost specialty crops

PROVIDENCE – The R.I. Department of Environmental Management announced $130,008 in farm viability grants to four organizations on Monday.  The funds come from the US....

R.I. oyster farmers to get $1.7M from feds

PROVIDENCE – Rhode Island’s oyster farmers are due to receive $1.7 million in federal assistance to restore oyster reefs and create new habitats on...
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...

Farm Fresh RI, R.I. Food Bank approved for USDA’s new food...

PROVIDENCE – Farm Fresh Rhode Island and the Rhode Island Community Food Bank will collaborate to provide up to 3,750 boxes of food per...
GETTING HEATED: Green Development CEO Mark DePasquale is pictured at a solar array in West Greenwich, one of several the company has built across the state. The renewable energy developer has faced opposition from towns and environmentalists due to clear-cutting of forests required for its projects. / PBN PHOTO/DAVE HANSEN

Solar flare-up: Solar farms facing backlash across Ocean State

(Editor’s note: This is the first of a two-part series on the challenges and opportunities of solar- and wind-farm development in Rhode Island and...
THE DEM has made $150,000 available in the form of farm viability grants. Above are Rhode Island grown peppers. / COURTESY R.I. DEPARTMENT OF ENVIRONMENTAL MANAGEMENT

DEM: $150K available for farm viability grants

PROVIDENCE – The R.I. Department of Environmental Management says $150,000 in farm viability grant funding is available for projects that enhance a farm’s competitiveness...

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