One in Seven Rhode Islanders are Food Insecure, and One out of Six Children Live in Poverty in our State


Rhode Islanders are experiencing one of the worst economic periods in the state’s history.  Consider the following facts:

  • The Rhode Island food distribution system distributed 9.4 million pounds of food
  • Each month there are more than 60,000 Rhode Islanders seeking food assistance through the food distribution system’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 or paying their rent, while 43% of clients choose between paying for food and paying utilities
  • Nearly one of every three persons served is a child under the age of 18
  • 77% of all households served by the food distribution system’s network live below the Federal Poverty Level or on less than $22,000 a year (for a family of four) of Rhode
  • 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))