Health Care
2:45 pm
Tue May 7, 2013

USDA to Help RI Feed Low-Income Kids This Summer

Under Secretary for Food, Nutrition and Consumer Services Kevin Concannon at a school lunch program in Arlington, VA, October 2011.
Credit US Dept. of Agriculture

Rhode Island is getting a boost from the US Department of Agriculture to help attract more kids in need to its summer food program. The USDA’s goal is to increase participation by 10 percent.

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RI Sequestration Cuts
1:00 am
Mon April 1, 2013

Rhode Island Will Soon Feel Effects of Sequestration Cuts

Sequestration cuts will eliminate some 200 slots for kids enrolled in Rhode Island's Head Start program.
Credit Flo Jonic / RIPR

It’s been a month since the so-called “sequestration” cuts went into effect, the $85 billion in slashed federal spending for the rest of 2013.  Although the Defense Department will shoulder half the cuts, the Rhode Island National Guard says it has heard of no immediate changes. But the hammer’s coming down on social service programs.

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