Rhode Island Contacts


SNAP Info & Contacts

Program name/EBT Card Name: SNAP/EBT Card
Current contractor: Xerox State and Local Solutions, Inc. (Conduent) prime contractor/FIS host processor

For information about state-level resources available in Rhode Island, contact:
Pete Susi
Deputy Chief, Division of Agriculture
Department of Environmental Management
peter.susi@dem.ri.gov
(401) 222-2781 ext. 4517

For technical assistance and capacity support, contact:
Molly Bledsoe
Operations Associate
Farm Fresh Rhode Island
molly@farmfreshri.org
(401) 312-4250


Rhode Island Ag Department

Rhode Island Department of Agriculture 


FMNP & SFMNP

Senior Farmers Market Nutrition Program

Peter Susi Director

FAX #: 401-222-1442

Email: peter.susi@dem.ri.gov

or

WIC Farmers Market Nutrition Program

Ann Barone, Director

Fax: (401) 222-1442

VOC Contact: 401-222-5960

Email: Ann.Barone@health.ri.gov

Rhode Island News/Case Studies

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Standing Together Against Racism: Black Lives Matter

Stephanie Fenty June 3, 2020

Over the past week, the United States has been shaken by the deep inequities rooted within our justice system that have continued to destroy the lives of Black Americans like George Floyd. In the past, the Farmers Market Coalition has largely remained silent on matters of race and injustice. We will do so no longer.… Read More



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$4.6M grant doubles food stamp value at New England farmers markets

Liz Comiskey August 17, 2018

The bonus bucks program has been around for several years, but this is the first year the program’s incentive has been a 100% match. “Not only is it helping low income families to be able to afford a healthier diet, but it’s also reinvesting that money into Rhode Island’s economy and New England’s economy,” explained… Read More



From Coast to Coast: A Snapshot of the 2018 Farmers Market Poster Contest

Allie Vrtachnik May 25, 2018

The 2018 National Farmers Market Poster Contest has come to a close, folks! The deadline for poster submissions was May 15th, but you still have till until May 31st to act as a judge for the Fan Favorite award. Your vote counts as a ‘like’ for your local market or favorite submission. Browse the contest… Read More



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“Farmers Market” Defined

Alex Canepa November 2, 2017

The federal government, along with many states and commonwealths define “farmers market” in statute or code. These definitions determine eligibility for participation in programs including the WIC and Senior Farmers Market Nutrition Programs as well as state-administered farmers market certification programs. In the interest of consumer protection, lawmakers in multiple states have also explicitly prohibited… Read More



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RI Farmers Market Guidelines

Stephanie Fenty July 12, 2017

The purpose of these guidelines by the University of Rhode Island is to highlight important food safety practices to take under consideration when vending at a farmers market. It also includes information on the various licensing requirements that may or may not be needed. Read More



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RI Farmers Market Manager Guide

Stephanie Fenty July 12, 2017

There are over 50 farmers markets in Rhode Island. That’s one market for every 21,000 people, and more than twice as many markets as 6 years ago. Farm Fresh Rhode Island runs 11 of those markets; others are run by the RI DEM Division of Agriculture, community groups or farmers. Farm Fresh receives about 1… Read More