The 2018 Status Report on Hunger in Rhode Island shows that hunger is more prevalent than it was ten years ago. Despite an improving economy, many low-wage workers struggle to feed their families. The rising cost of food is outpacing wage growth and limiting the buying power of SNAP benefits.
Because so many families are unable to afford adequate food, the demand for food assistance remains high. The Food Bank and its network of member agencies continue to serve 53,000 people each month.
Get all the facts by reading the Food Bank’s 2018 Status Report on Hunger in Rhode Island.
In December 2018, after the Status Report was released, Congress passed the 2018 Farm Bill. As enacted, the Farm Bill maintains eligibility and benefit levels for SNAP recipients, adds $206 million over ten years for food purchases through the Emergency Food Assistance Program (TEFAP) and reauthorizes the Commodity Supplemental Food Program that serves 1,500 elderly Rhode Islanders each month.
These are critical investments that put food on the table for thousands of families in Rhode Island who struggle against hunger.
Throughout 2018, Rhode Island’s Congressional Delegation worked together to ensure that the federal nutrition programs were protected in the Farm Bill, while opposing cuts to SNAP that were proposed by the House. We applaud their combined efforts and steadfast support for a Farm Bill that preserves vital nutrition programs.
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