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Low-Wage Workers Struggle to Access Food

The demand for food assistance in Rhode Island remains high, particularly among the working poor.  In a study of people receiving food assistance at member agencies of the Rhode Island Community Food Bank, researchers found that 44 percent are working.  Most are employed in low-wage or part-time jobs that do not pay enough to cover the basic necessities, including food.

Read about the difficult choices that families are making in the 2014 Status Report on Hunger.

State House Has Good News for Working Families

The Rhode Island General Assembly approved and Governor Raimondo has now signed the budget for Fiscal Year 2016.  

The state budget includes several important changes for working Rhode Islanders:

  • Increases the minimum wage to $9.60 per hour
  • Increases the state’s Earned Income Tax Credit from 10 percent to 12.5 percent of the federal tax credit
  • Makes permanent a provision that allows parents in job training programs to receive child-care assistance

Thank Our Political Leaders for Their Help

These are important steps that will improve the lives of low-income families in Rhode Island.  All of these changes were supported by the Governor, Senate President and House Speaker.  Please join us in thanking them for their leadership.  Use the following email addresses to send each of them a brief thank you note: 

Governor Gina M. Raimondo:                          

Senate President M. Teresa Paiva Weed:   

House Speaker Nicholas A. Mattiello