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Food Assistance

The Ocean State Senior Dining Program provides nutritionally balanced, hot lunches served five days a week at more than 75 meal sites for persons who are 60 or older or disabled.

In the case of a married couple, one person must be 60 or older.

Seniors may donate to the cost of the meal, but no one is refused a meal if unable to contribute. Transportation to the nearest meal site is available. At least 24 hours notice is required for reservations.

To locate your local meal site, call:
Northwest Rhode Island : Blackstone Health/C.O.A.S.I

 

728-9290

 

 

East Bay,Bristol & Newport Counties:

 

East Bay CAP 437-1000

 

Kent and Washington Counties:

 

Westbay CAP 732-4660

 

Northern Rhode Island:

 

Woonsocket Senior Svcs. 766-3734

 

Providence:

 

Meals on Wheels of RI 351-6700

 

The Meals on Wheels of Rhode Island (MOW) program, 70 Bath Street, Providence, RI 02908 provides delivery of a hot, nutritious noontime meal to frail, homebound seniors five days per week.

To qualify, seniors must be 60 years or older, live alone and have no one to help them, and be unable to shop, cook, or drive. Persons with a disability who are under 60 may be eligible in certain circumstances. Donations for the meal are accepted. Call 351-6700 for information, or visit their web site www.rimeals.org.

 

Several resources are also available to older Rhode Islanders who are in

need of emergency food services.

 

The Rhode Island Community Food Bank, 200 Niantic Avenue, Providence, RI 02905 helps people stretch their food budgets. Call 942-6325. Their web site is www.rifoodbank.org.

The Poverello Center, 668 Hartford Aveunue, Providence, RI 02909 is run by the St. Francis Chapel and City Ministry. Call 455-3740.

Other emergency food resources include:

The Rhode Island Coalition for the Homeless, 160 Broad Street, Providence, RI 02903 at 421-6458

Crossroads Rhode Island, 160 Broad Street, Providence, RI 02903 at 521-2255.

Comprehensive Community Action Program, 311 Doric Avenue, Cranston provides food assistance in their area including residents of Coventry, Scituate, and Foster. Call 467-9610.

In addition to these agencies, many local churches have food pantries or emergency assistance food programs.

 

FOOD STAMP PROGRAM

 

The Food Stamp program helps low-income households purchase food.

Eligibility for persons over 60:

Household Size 1 Person 2 Persons
Monthly Net Income $851 $1141
Resources $3,000 $3,000

Possible deductions from gross income may include a standard deduction for household and telephone expenses, an earned income deduction for working households and specified deductions for medical expenses an d excess shelter costs. Adults who are eligible for the Food Stamp program receive their benefits using a special Electronic Benefit Transfer (EBT) card. Individuals can use their EBT card at grocery and retail food stores across the state.;

Seniors may request a home interview. Call these area offices:

Office Phone
Newport/Aquidneck Island 849-6000
Northern Rhode Island 235-6300
Pawtucket/Central Falls/East Bay 729-5400
Providence 222-7276
Warwick/Cranston/South County 736-6511

For additional information call the Food Stamp Hotline at 1-866-306-0270.