SNAP in Slides

As an added component to the third installment in our now completed video series, we have produced a slideshow of still photographs taken at the Mount Hope Farmers Market. After shooting extensive video, we took to photographing the location, including the customers, tables, and the people running said tables. Special note was also made to get head shots of the people interviewed in the corresponding video.

To engage the viewer, we have added a sound scape of the audio found inside and outside of the barn to correlate with the picture viewed. This enhances the slideshow experience and draws the viewer into the experience; a sort of immersion through visual and auditory sensors.

Immerse yourself in the world of Mount Hope Farmers Market and, as always, stay well.


SNAP at Mount Hope Farm

At long last the third and final installment of our video series is edited and complete. Working alongside three fellow journalists, we at Wellness on Welfare investigated the usage and benefits of SNAP payments being taken at the Mount Hope Farmers Market in Bristol. Here, we were able to delve into not only the human element of SNAP, but also the technical aspect of how it works and what it looks like.

There are a number of SNAP locations throughout the East Bay area of Rhode Island, specifically Bristol. The benefit of havng such payments at something like a farmers market enables families on a budget to have access to fresh and local food they might not be able to find at other such locations that take SNAP. With the higher prices usually associated with farmers markets, however, we looked into whether or not accepting these payment options is really enough to encourage budgeting families to shop local and fresh.

SNAP on the Map

When talking about wellness or welfare, it is hard to avoid the subject of certain types of financial aid. Many who cannot afford to buy groceries as extensively as needed for their household turn to things like food stamps for help. Others, however, turn to SNAP.

Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program “offers nutrition assistance to millions of eligible, low-income individuals and families and provides economic benefits to communities,” according to their website. SNAP works together with state agencies and others to develop various means of providing eligible families with nutritional options through use of an EBT card that many locations accept as payment.

We at Wellness on Welfare decided to illustrate this point by developing a map, dubbed “SNAP on the Map,” that showcases locations that accept SNAP payments as well as their location and hours in the East Bay area of Rhode Island. We hope it not only enlightens our readers on these types of benefits and how available they are in the area but also is helpful to those who may not know the locations in this area they can use their card at.

Keep checking back for more updates on SNAP and our third and final installment in our video package series; and as always, stay well.

Making a Difference

At Wellness on Welfare, we take a lot of pride in providing a service to all who come here and read what we post. While it may seem on the surface like what we are doing is simply dropping facts, videos, and stories on to a website, what our true aim is to educate; to make anyone who reads this site aware of why these things are so important and the amount of people it affects.

Recently having viewed a few stories of soldier’s valor in Vietnam, this thought had come to light. There had been reports by NPR of former soldiers who had recently been located by Vietnamese families who wished to thank them for their courageous acts of valor that saved or intended to save a member of their family’s life. These families were unaware of their names and had never found anything about their heroism in the news due to most reporters being distracted by the vents in Saigon at the time. Yet therein lies the importance of reporting; when a journalist is not around, the story does not get told more often than not.

Most of the important parts of journalism is simply showing up. Sure, one could probably examine every important aspect of being a reporter as it does certainly come with a certain necessary skill set, yet at the end of the day what is most important is that you show up and be there to report the story. These families not only lost out on the opportunity to thank these heroes due to lack of coverage, but were also finally able to locate them thanks to recent journalistic profiles on said soldiers and others who went uncovered during their time serving in Vietnam.

Now we at Wellness on Welfare do not put ourselves in the same league as telling the story of these soldiers by any means, yet what this does signify and what we hope to emulate in our coverage of our beat is thus: telling someone’s story and reporting on issue can have greater importance than you realize. Through our stories, our reporting, video packages, and otherwise we here at this site not only hope to continue this tradition and hold these values as truth, but simultaneously thank you, the reader, for exploring these stories and issues. If the content here makes a difference or enlightens even just one person, then we have done our job as journalists and human beings.

Thank you for sticking with us, and continue to check back for updates and more coverage and videos to come. As always, stay well reader.

Talking Breafast

To test our journalistic knowledge and help further the exploration of our second story’s topic, this small video was produced as a sort of drill. Working alongside three frequent fellow journalist collaborators, Wellness on Welfare would like to share this mini project.

The drill was to spend an hour and a half developing a story on something related to the site, and thus RWU Talks Breakfast was born. Here, students and faculty were asked to divulge on why breakfast is so important for children, students in general, and themselves.

While this is not part of the three video installment series (never fear, the farmers market package is still coming), this helps further said light on the previous video, almost acting as a supplement if you will. This not only enhanced our ability to report quick, but gave us further insight on this very important topic. So, without further ado, feel free to dig in.

A Market to Explore

For those who find it hard to budget healthy yet high grocery costs into their daily diets, a farmers market can be something of a saving grace. These types of markets offer many exciting and often organic local food options at a relatively low price.

Mount Hope Farm offers a farmers market every Saturday “rain, shine, or snow” according to their website. Courtesy Creative Commons.

Mount Hope Farm offers a farmers market every Saturday “rain, shine, or snow” according to their website. Courtesy Creative Commons.

We here at Wellness on Welfare cannot think of a better third installment of our video series than one in which we examine these types of markets and their benefits to the community at large. Furthermore this gives us an opportunity to look into the developments of Mount Hope Farm Farmers Market in Bristol, R.I. now accepting SNAP payments.

What we are most excited about, however, is the fact that this is a perfect way to bring everything full circle. While perfect for the aforementioned consumer, farmers markets bring people of all economic brackets together in a sense, and filming and interviewing people there can really showcase this fact and add this element to our package without having to necessarily ask about it overtly.

It will be interesting to see the kind of reactions and answers we will be able to get from consumers, as well as managers and farmers, and how these things shape this upcoming video element. If you are as excited about this as we are, tune in next week and get the full story behind this historic farmers market.

The Most Important Meal of the Day

We are proud to present the second and much anticipated second installment in our video series exploring various topics that relate to, as the site’s namesake suggests, wellness on welfare in Rhode Island. As discussed in previous posts, the subject of this installment explores the breakfast program initiative in effect at Claiborne Pell Elementary in Newport.

Working once again alongside three fellow journalists exploring the same subject, we worked hard to craft a video that showcases the positive influence and huge difference something as small as breakfast makes in these children’s lives. As an important note, the kids featured in the video were filmed with the consent of the school and their parents, and have previously signed releases to be on camera.

We hope you enjoy this new video and are enlightened to find just what breakfast can mean for young scholars in both Rhode Island and across the nation.