The Face of Poverty and Hunger in
- Rhode Island’s minimum wage is $6.75 per hour or $14,040
per year, leaving a full-time minimum wage employee living well
below the federal poverty
- 11% of Rhode Island’s population is living at or below
the federal poverty level.
- Of all New England states, Rhode Island
has the highest percentage of
children living in poverty.
- Of Rhode Islanders resorting to pantries,
soup kitchens and shelters, 10% are older adults, 43% are children,
and 28% are the working poor.
- In Rhode Island, 1 out of every
6 children goes to bed hungry.
The Consequences of Poverty and Hunger:
disparities related to food and nutrition are intricately linked
to health. Understanding these complex
dynamics has major implications for public health related policies
regarding food and nutrition.
- Hungry children have higher levels of chronic illness, anxiety,
depression, and behavior problems than children with no hunger.
poor diets in childhood increase the risk of nutrient deficiencies,
which may lead to impaired cognitive development, growth failure,
- Hunger in older adults exacerbates pre-existing ill health, limits
efficacy of many prescription drugs, and relates to an increase
confusion and isolation.
- RI Community Food Bank clients have to choose between
food and other necessities: food and rent/mortgage payments (53%);
and medicine/medical care(31%); food and utility payments (49%).