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 these agencies:
Northwest Rhode Island:
The Meals on Wheels of Rhode Island (MOW) program, 70 Bath Street, Providence 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. Disabled persons under 60 may be eligible in certain circumstances. Donations for the meal are accepted. Call 351-6700 or 1-888-44-MEALS (1-888-446-3257) for information, or visit their web site www.rimeals.org.
The Food Stamp program helps low-income households purchase more food.
Eligibility for persons over 60:
Household size: 1-person 2-persons
Possible deductions from gross income are a standard deduction of approximately $139 per household, telephone deduction of $22.50, an earned income deduction for working households, medical expenses over $35 per month, and excess shelter costs over 50% of net income. Seniors may request a home interview. Call these offices:
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 02905 helps people stretch their food budgets. Call 942-6325. Their web site is www.rifoodbank.org.
The St. Francis Chapel and City Ministry Food Center, 100 Elm Street, Providence 02903 also offers emergency food services. Call 455-3740.
Other emergency food resources include
The Rhode Island Coalition for the Homeless,
In addition to these agencies, many local churches have food pantries or can render emergency food assistance.
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