R.I. Community Food Bank: Hunger in R.I. on the rise

THE RHODE ISLAND COMMUNITY Food Bank found that hunger in Rhode Island is rising, and that the poverty rate in Rhode Island was the highest in New England in 2016. / COURTESY RHODE ISLAND COMMUNITY FOOD BANK
THE RHODE ISLAND COMMUNITY Food Bank found that hunger in Rhode Island is rising, and that the poverty rate in Rhode Island was the highest in New England in 2016. / COURTESY RHODE ISLAND COMMUNITY FOOD BANK
PROVIDENCE – The prevalence of hunger is at a 10-year high in Rhode Island, according to the Rhode Island Community Food Bank’s 2017 Status Report on Hunger in Rhode Island released Monday. From 2014 to 2016, 6.1 percent of households reported “very low food security” to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, a 2.4 percentage-point increase…

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