Rhode Island getting $681K for emergency needs

Social service agencies in Rhode Island will get nearly $681,000 in federal funds to help families in need with emergency food, rent and utility payments.

Providence County is being awarded $421,700. Another $259,100 is going to the Rhode Island "State Set-Aside Committee," which may award money to other communities throughout the state.

The funding is through the Federal Emergency Management Agency's emergency food and shelter program, which allows communities flexibility in determining where to distribute the resources. U.S. Sen. Jack Reed announced the money Friday.

He says the grants will help local nonprofits put food on the table and provide shelter to those who are struggling.