Each year, the Rhode Island Community Food Bank releases its Status Report on Hunger, calling attention to the issues around hunger in the state of Rhode Island.
Download the 2020 Status Report on Hunger in Rhode Island
The outbreak of COVID-19 paralyzed Rhode Island’s economy. In March 2020, businesses were shut down and schools were closed to stop the spread of the virus. Thousands of people were furloughed from work or permanently laid off.
As the economy slowly begins to rebound, unemployment remains high. In September, Rhode Island’s unemployment rate was 10.5 percent with 59,000 people out of work, up from 3.4 percent in February when just 19,000 were unemployed. Job losses are concentrated among low-paid workers. Households with an annual income below $40,000 are twice as likely to have an adult who lost work than the overall population.
The CARES (Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security) Act, passed by Congress in March, gave extra financial assistance to laid-off workers, adding $600 per week to their unemployment insurance compensation. These supplemental benefits ended in July, even though the economic downturn is expected to last far into 2021.
View the full report.
View previous Status Reports on our Publications page.
Take a moment to help us advocate for change. 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