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
- Each month there are more than 60,000 Rhode Islanders seeking food assistance through the Food Bank's network of emergency food programs
- A USDA report on food insecurity shows that hunger in Rhode Island now affects one out of seven households
- In Rhode Island, 41% of client households have such limited income that they must choose between paying for food and paying their rent, while 43% of clients choose between paying for food and paying for utilities
- Nearly one of every three persons served is a child under the age of 18
- 77% of all households served by the Food Bank’s network live below the Federal Poverty Level or on less than $22,050 a year (for a family of four)
- According to the most recent U.S. Census survey, 17.5% of Rhode Island's children, one out of every six are living in poverty
- Just under 10,000 Rhode Island seniors, 9.3% of the state’s population, live in poverty (Source: Poverty Institute (PDF, 44KB))
Hunger in the United States
All statistics are from the USDA Household Food Security in the United States 2009 report, using data collected in 2008.
- More than 49 million Americans, including 16.7 million children are at risk of going hungry
- More than 17 million households are at-risk of hunger
- Four percent of all households in the United States have obtained food from a food pantry at least once
- The number of individuals at-risk of hunger has increased by 36% since 2007, while the number of children has increased by 35% over the same time.
More statistics available at Feeding America.