NY Times Article: “As Jobs Vanish and Prices Rise, Food Stamp Use Nears Record”

Food stamp usage is at an all-time high. With budgets tight and getting tighter nearly every state in the nation is experiencing increases in applications, as well as individuals using food pantries. Job instability and significant downsizing is putting many out of work. At the same time food prices are skyrocketing. For more of this article click here.

Projo Article: “A new competitor enters the R.I. grocery market”

Providence Journal

A new competitor enters the R.I. grocery market

08:36 AM EDT on Monday, March 10, 2008

By Paul Grimaldi
Journal Staff Writer

Opening in March, ALDI supermarket chain has officially moved to Rhode Island. With one store already established and several more to come the chain hopes to reach and underserved RI population. ALDI prides itself on providing convenient, price friendly groceries by buying in bulk and providing consumers with fewer options, but significantly better prices. For more read this article


Projo Article: “Advocates seek more food stamp workers”

Providence Journal

Advocates seek more food stamp workers

01:00 AM EST on Friday, March 7, 2008

By Paul Davis

Journal Staff Writer

Food stamp advocates seek more assistance

The food stamp program in Rhode Island, a division of the RI Department of Health Services (DHS) recently lost its state house plea for increased funding to supply outreach efforts to an ever rising pool of qualifiers. Advocates argue that limitations in staffing significantly damage the ability of the food stamp office to provide adequate hours and services to clients. For more information read on.


RI Food Bank Releases 2007 Status Report on Hunger

Rhode Island is currently experiencing an increase in food pantry and food bank demand. More and more people are finding budgets tight and seek services from various outreach agencies throughout the state. Access to services is vital for many working families, elderly individuals, and others who find paychecks no longer sufficient. For facts, figures, and the entire report read on.