9:34 am
Wed March 5, 2014

General Assembly Hearing On Food Stamp Bill Today

A committee will hold a hearing on a bill that would require users to show photo identification.
Credit Don Boorman / RIPR

A hearing is slated for today in the general assembly on a bill that would require families using food stamps to show photo identification.  The bill has generated critics who say it’s unfair and unnecessary.

The bill’s sponsor, Republican Patricia Morgan of West Warwick says the bill would fight fraud within the program.  Scamming the system happens when someone uses the benefits to buy products not covered by the program, such as cigarettes and alcohol, or when someone exchanges their benefits in return for cash.

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RI News
1:03 pm
Mon November 4, 2013

Cuts to SNAP Will Hit 17 Percent of Rhode Islanders

We’re learning more about how recently enacted cuts in the food stamp program will affect Rhode Island. It will hit virtually every Rhode Islander who receives food stamp benefits.

Cuts in the food stamp program enacted November 1st will affect 181,000 Rhode Islanders, or 17 percent of the state’s population.  The cuts will reduce the monthly food stamp benefit by $11 for an individual, $20 for a household of two, $29 for a household of three and $36 for a household of four. 

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RI News
3:08 pm
Thu September 5, 2013

U.S. Attorney: Nine Charged in RI With Defrauding Food Stamp Program of $3M

U.S. Attorney Peter Neronha holds a press conference to announce charges in a food stamp scheme that cost the program $3 million.
Credit Flo Jonic / RIPR

The owners and employees of five Providence convenience stores have been charged with defrauding the food stamp program. The charges cap a two-year grand jury investigation.

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RI News
12:10 pm
Thu February 21, 2013

Rhode Islanders to Receive Food Aid for Storm Losses

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.