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Frequently Asked Questions & Statistics

Frequently Asked Questions

Where can I get the latest facts and figures on the Food Bank?
Datos Actuales del Banco de Comida del 2014
Food Bank's Strategic Plan
Who needs food assistance in Rhode Island?
How many people does the Food Bank help?
How do people get food assistance?
How much food does the Food Bank distribute?
How large is the Food Bank?
What types of food does the Food Bank offer?
Where does the Food Bank get the food?
How much of my donation is designated for programs and the mission of the Food Bank? How much is used for administrative expenses?
What are the Food Bank's sources of funding?
Is the Food Bank a government agency or a private charity?
Is the Food Bank run by paid staff or people volunteering their time?


Hunger in Rhode Island

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

  • Last fiscal year, the Rhode Island Community Food Bank distributed 9.7 million pounds of food (including more than 2 million pounds of fresh produce) .
  • Each month, 60,000 Rhode Islanders seek food assistance through the Food Bank's network of emergency food programs.
  • 12.7% of Rhode Island households are food insecure, and 4.7% of Rhode Island households experience severe food insecurity (hunger).
  • In Rhode Island, 62% of client households have such limited income that they must choose between paying for food and paying their rent, while 70% of clients choose between paying for food and paying for utilities.
  • 146,000 Rhode Islanders (14.3%) are living in poverty.
  • One in three persons served by the Food Bank's network of food pantries and meal sites is a child under the age of 18.
  • 20% of Rhode Island's children are living in poverty.
  • 20% of those served by the Food Bank are over the age of 60.

Hunger in the United States

  • 14.0% (17.4 million households) are food insecure.
  •  5.6% (6.9 million households) have severe food insecurity (hunger).

To download a PDF of the Food Bank's 2016 Facts & Figures, click here.