Download the 2017 Status Report on Hunger in Rhode Island.
Congress is prepared to make significant cuts to safety-net programs that thousands of Rhode Islanders rely on. Under this plan, Rhode Island will lose $90 million in SNAP benefits annually. SNAP is a federal program that helps low-income households purchase food, and is the largest source of meals for low-income Rhode Islanders. In addition, instead of operating as a national program, SNAP will be converted into a fixed, lump sum block grant to each state. During the next economic recession or downturn, when more people need food assistance, Rhode Island will be forced to ration these limited SNAP benefits.
The U.S. Census Bureau conducts an annual survey of food security for the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) based on a representative sample of all households. The survey asks about a household’s resources and their access to adequate food, such as relying on low-cost foods, skipping meals, or not eating due to having too little money for food.
The most recent USDA survey found that one in eight Rhode Island households (12.8%) cannot afford adequate food.2 Nearly half of these food insecure households reported the most severe conditions associated with hunger. The prevalence of hunger, termed “very low food security” by the USDA, reached 6.1 percent in 2016, affecting 26,800 households.
For more, read the entire 2017 Status Report on Hunger in Rhode Island.
The Food Bank encourages Rhode Islanders to advocate at the state and national level to prevent devastating cuts to safety net programs. We recommend the following steps:
For previous versions of our Status Report on Hunger, visit our Publications Page.