Hunger in Rhode Island
Rhode Islanders are experiencing one of the worst economic periods in the state’s history. Consider the following facts:
- Last fiscal year, the Rhode Island Community Food Bank distributed 9.7 million pounds of food (including more than 2 million pounds of fresh produce) .
- Each month, 60,000 Rhode Islanders seek food assistance through the Food Bank's network of emergency food programs.
- 12.7% of Rhode Island households are food insecure, and 4.7% of Rhode Island households experience severe food insecurity (hunger).
- In Rhode Island, 62% of client households have such limited income that they must choose between paying for food and paying their rent, while 70% of clients choose between paying for food and paying for utilities.
- 146,000 Rhode Islanders (14.3%) are living in poverty.
- One in three persons served by the Food Bank's network of food pantries and meal sites is a child under the age of 18.
- 20% of Rhode Island's children are living in poverty.
- 20% of those served by the Food Bank are over the age of 60.
Hunger in the United States
- 14.0% (17.4 million households) are food insecure.
- 5.6% (6.9 million households) have severe food insecurity (hunger).
To download a PDF of the Food Bank's 2016 Facts & Figures, click here.