Some islanders qualify for food assistance following blizzard
In an effort to help Rhode Islanders in need who lost food during the recent winter storm power outages, the U.S. Department of Agriculture will provide as much as $2.1 million in federal funding to communities throughout the state that were hit hardest by the storm.
The replacement of Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program benefits could help an estimated 20,400 households in Rhode Island. Due to power outages caused by the blizzard that began on Feb. 8, Rhode Island applied for a waiver from the federal government to issue replacement cards for people receiving benefits who lost food because of the storm. On Feb. 20, the state requested waivers from the Department of Agriculture for 19 Rhode Island cities and towns at 45 percent. The affected communities included Jamestown.
Rhode Island issues benefits on the first day of the month. The federal funds will go to the state, and the total amount distributed will depend on how many eligible Rhode Islanders seek assistance.