Help is coming to Rhode Island residents who receive food assistance, or SNAP, benefits and lost food supplies during the recent storm power outages. The U.S. Department of Agriculture will provide up to $2.1 million dollars to assist communities hit hardest by the storm.
The snow and wind left close to 200,000 Rhode Island residents without power for days and some of those residents are still struggling to replace spoiled supplies. Nineteen Rhode Island cities and towns have requested waivers for SNAP replacement cards and over 20,000 households may be eligible for the federal aid.
Word of the federal food aid comes from U.S. Senator Jack Reed’s office.