Reed, RI Community Food Bank, USDA & RI Division of Elderly Affairs Launch New Food Assistance Program for Seniors
Senator Reed joined representatives from the Rhode Island Community Food Bank, the USDA, and the Rhode Island Division of Elderly Affairs to launch a new senior nutrition initiative in the state, the Commodity Supplemental Food Program (CSFP).
Starting this summer, eligible Rhode Island seniors in need will be able to receive free, bulk boxes of healthy food from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) to prepare and enjoy at home. The packages of nutritious food, meant to help seniors supplement their diet, will be distributed thanks to a new federal-state partnership that was made possible by U.S. Senator Jack Reed and is being administered by the Rhode Island Community Food Bank in conjunction with the Rhode Island Division of Elderly Affairs.
The partnership between USDA’s Food and Nutrition Service (FNS), the RI Division of Elderly Affairs, and the Food Bank -- made possible through a legislative boost from Senator Reed -- will help the Food Bank distribute boxes of nutritious USDA commodities on a monthly basis to seniors in need as part of the federally-funded CSFP, which provides monthly food assistance specifically targeted to low-income seniors.
Senator Reed, a senior member of the Senate Appropriations Committee, worked at the federal level to successfully insert language into the Fiscal Year 2015 Agriculture Appropriations bill making it possible for Rhode Island to start participating in CSFP, along with six other states that did not have the program. Thanks to Senator Reed’s efforts, the state will receive USDA commodities to distribute directly to Rhode Island seniors and over $100,000 in federal funding to help administer the program.
Reed & U.S. Customs and Border Protection Officials Preview Arrival Experience for International Travelers at T.F. Green
With regularly scheduled commercial international flights set to land in Rhode Island next month, U.S. Senator Jack Reed met with airport and federal officials to ensure T.F. Green Airport (PVD) is ready to efficiently welcome the influx of international travelers.
In a continuous effort to improve airport facilities, Senator Reed, a member of the Senate Appropriations Committee, has led efforts and worked with the delegation, state officials, and the Obama Administration to help direct an estimated $110 million in federal aviation funds to help upgrade T.F. Green Airport.
Starting June 2, Transportes Aereos de Cabo Verde (TACV) will begin service two times a week, offering flights from Providence to the city of Praia on the island of Santiago. And beginning June 18, Condor Airlines will start regularly-scheduled seasonal service from Providence to Frankfurt, Germany (FRA).
When regular international service begins, U.S. Customs and Border Protection will examine and inspect all passengers and their baggage arriving into the United States. International travelers will be escorted directly to the Federal Inspections Station, where they will pass a new blue and white sign that reads, “Welcome to the United States.”
In solemn remembrance and observance of the centennial year of the Armenian Genocide, Sen. Reed invited His Holiness Aram I, Catholicos of the Great House of Cilicia, to offer the morning prayer and meet with members of the Senate community on May 7.
His Holiness Aram I is the head of the Catholicosate of the Great House of Cilicia, and was elected Catholicos of the Holy See of Cilicia of the Armenian Apostolic Church in 1995. The Armenian Apostolic Church is one of the oldest Christian communities in the world.
Reed is a longtime advocate for economic aid and military assistance to Armenia, and an outspoken advocate for full and formal U.S. recognition of the Armenian Genocide.
Watch the prayer and Sen. Reed's remarks: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yeZfHktyZqU
Senator Reed & Director Bunch Preview New National Museum Celebrating the History & Achievements of African Americans
On May 4, Rhode Islanders gathered in Providence for a behind-the-scenes look at the newest Smithsonian museum being built on the National Mall in Washington, DC and an up-close look at a new travelling exhibition, “Changing America: The Emancipation Proclamation, 1863 and the March on Washington, 1963.”
The “Changing America” exhibition, presented by the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture (NMAAHC), uses photographs, historical quotes, and writings to examine the events leading up to the Emancipation Proclamation in 1863, and the March on Washington in 1963, and describes the struggle for equal rights for African Americans from 1860 to the present day. The exhibition will have its official opening on May 7 and will be hosted at the Center for the Study of Slavery and Justice (CSSJ) at Brown University through June 10, 2015.
To help kick things off, NMAAHC’s founding Director, Lonnie G. Bunch III, joined Senator Reed; Brown President Christina Paxson; and over 100 members of the Providence community for a symposium at CSSJ. During the presentation, Mr. Bunch shared his experience in working to help conceive, build, and launch the NMAAHC and enlisted Rhode Islanders’ input in developing the only national museum devoted exclusively to the documentation of African American life, art, history, and culture.
Congress must do more to help end youth homelessness and protect vulnerable kids from human traffickers.
In 2014, nearly one thousand young people utilized Rhode Island’s homeless shelter system.
On April 29, Senator Reed held a bipartisan hearing with Senator Susan Collins (R-ME) aimed at helping these kids and addressing the root causes of homelessness.
The Committee heard from a diverse panel of experts and youth homelessness advocates, including Grammy award-winning recording artist and founder of the True Colors Fund, Cyndi Lauper, as well as HUD officials, service providers on the frontlines of assisting homeless youth, and young people who have experienced homelessness themselves.
By strengthening protections for homeless youth and better connecting them to coordinated housing, education, health, and job-training programs and services, Reed believes these young people can build a better future for themselves, and our communities.
Watch a clip from the hearing to learn more: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nbaMr9fJzYY
Senator Reed hosted a special medal ceremony to honor World War II Army Veteran, Sgt. Eugene F. Luciano, 91, of Warwick with the military honors he earned in combat but never received during his courageous Army service.
Born in Cranston in 1923, Sgt. Luciano was just 19 years old when he joined the Army in 1943.
During World War II, Sgt. Luciano fought in Normandy and the Battle of the Rhineland as a member of Battery B with the 407 Anti-Aircraft Artillery Gun Battalion and had eight men in his charge. He served until January 1946.
Reed presented Sgt. Luciano with the military honors he earned including the American Campaign Medal, the European-African-Middle Eastern Campaign Medal with 3 Bronze Service Stars, and the World War II Victory Medal, among others.
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