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Close the Meal Gap

The Meal Gap in Rhode Island

advocate-for-change-pageThere is a significant meal gap in Rhode Island for low-income families.  These households miss out on meals because they cannot afford adequate food.

Today, government nutrition programs are the primary source of meals for this population.  In addition, many families rely on food pantries and meal programs that are part of the Rhode Island Community Food Bank’s statewide network of member agencies.

And yet, all of the food assistance provided by government and charitable programs is not enough to meet the need.

Take Action to Close the Meal Gap

Get all the facts by reading the Food Bank’s 2016 Status Report on Hunger in Rhode Island.

  • Tell our Congressional Delegation to support the Closing the Meal Gap Act of 2016 (H.R. 5215).  This bill would boost the purchasing power of SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program) by increasing benefit levels to match the actual cost of food in the supermarket.  If this bill is enacted, 100,000 Rhode Island households currently enrolled in SNAP would be more food secure and better able to meet their basic food needs.
  • Tell Governor Raimondo to prioritize distressed communities in Rhode Island for economic development to improve the lives of low-income residents and to allocate additional state funding to keep the Food Bank stocked to meet the continued high demand for food assistance.

Contact Your Leadership

For your convenience, below you’ll find contact information for Rhode Island’s Congressional Delegates as well as a list of email addresses for members of the General Assembly.

Rhode Island Governor’s Office

Rhode Island’s Congressional Delegates

On behalf of Rhode Islanders struggling to put meals on the table, thank you for contacting your legislators!