The statewide Senior Nutrition Programs are now  known as the Cafés.  Each Café will offer at least two of the three meal choices daily. The “spa option,” for the health conscious, features lighter fare such as a main course salad.  The “pub option” offers a sandwich for those who want a traditional, wholesome lunch.  And the “hearty option” provides a full, hot lunch for those who prefer their main meal at midday. The Cafés welcome all diners 60 and over (in the case of a married couple, only one spouse must be over 60). There is a suggested donation of $3 per meal.  No one is turned away if they cannot make a donation. SNAP beneficiaries may use their Electronic Benefits Cards (EBTs) at Cafés. Reservations are required 24 hours in advance. To locate a Café location near you, call:

Blackstone Cafés: Blackstone Health, Inc.
Capital Cities Cafés:
Meals on Wheels of Rhode Island, Inc.
East Bay Cafés:
East Bay Community Action Program
Narragansett Indian Tribe Café
213-6880, X
Northern Rhode Island Cafés: Senior Services, Inc.
Westbay Cafés: Westbay Community Action Program

Meals on Wheels of Rhode Island, 70 Bath Street, Providence, RI 02908, provides home delivered meals to frail, homebound seniors and qualified disabled persons, five days per week. To qualify, seniors must be 60 years or older, live alone, have no one to help them, and be unable to shop, cook, or drive. Donations are accepted, but are not mandatory.

Additional resources are also available to older Rhode Islanders who are in need of emergency food assistance.

Comprehensive Community Action Program, 311 Doric Avenue, Cranston, RI 02910, provides emergency food assistance to residents of Cranston, Coventry, Scituate, and Foster.

The Rhode Island Coalition for the Homeless, 1070 Main Street, Suite 202, Pawtucket, RI 02860, provides emergency food assistance.

The Rhode Island Community Food Bank, 200 Niantic Avenue, Providence, RI 02905, helps people stretch their food budgets.

The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), formerly known as the Food Stamp Program, can provide assistance to help individuals and families who are struggling to purchase food.

Income Eligibility for Seniors & Adults with Disabilities:
One person.........................................................................$1,772 per month
Two persons.......................................................................$2,392 per month
Seniors and adults with disabilities with incomes above those amounts may still be eligible, but these individuals will have a $3,250 resource limit.

Several deductions are subtracted from a person’s gross income to determine the benefit. They may include deductions for household and telephone expenses, an earned income deduction for individuals who are working, deductions for medical expenses, and excess shelter costs. Adults who are eligible for SNAP receive their benefits using an Electronic Benefits Transfer (EBT) card. The EBT card is accepted at grocery and retail food stores across the state for the purchase of food items. Applicants may request a home or telephone interview. For more information, contact your local Department of Human Services office, or call the University of Rhode Island SNAP Outreach Project.

The University of Rhode Island Feinstein Center for a Hunger Free America helps low-income individuals and families access food assistance benefits. The goal of this outreach program is to increase participation in SNAP. Benefits help families and individuals supplement their food budgets so that they can buy higher-quality and more nutritious food using their EBT cards. SNAP allows persons who are 60 and older, disabled or homeless to use their EBT cards to purchase meals at participating restaurants. EBT cards can also be used at Farmers’ Markets across the state.