Advocate for Change
Thousands of Families Left Behind in the State's Economic Recovery
Rhode Island's economy is slowly recovering from the recession, but thousands of families are still unable to meet their basic needs. The record-high levels of food insecurity and hunger experienced during the height of the recession remain virtually unchanged. Each month, 63,000 Rhode Islanders turn to member agencies of the Food Bank for assistance.
Read about the difficult choices that families are making in the 2014 Status Report on Hunger.
You Can Help
Rhode Islanders who work full-time should be able to support their families. Yet, far too many struggle to pay for food. One of the best ways to assist these families is to help them keep more of their paychecks through the state's Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC).
This tax credit is designed to provide tax relief to the working poor. The state's EITC is calculated as a percentage of the federal tax credit. In Rhode Island, it's just 10% of the federal credit. We can support struggling working families by raising our EITC to 20% of the federal tax credit.
Read an editorial from The Providence Journal by Food Bank CEO Andrew Schiff and Economic Progress Institute Executive Director Kate Brewster.
In cooperation with the Economic Progress Institute, the Food Bank is advocating for an increase in the EITC. Write to Governor Raimondo, your state senator and state representative. Urge them to increase the state's Earned Income Tax Credit from 10% to 20%.
Click here for a sample advocacy letter.
To send a letter to Governor Raimondo:
Governor Gina M. Raimondo
Office of the Governor
82 Smith Street
Providence, Rhode Island 02903-1196
Governor's email: email@example.com
To send an email to your state senator or representative:
Click here for a list of the email addresses of Rhode Island Senators.
Click here for a list of the email addresses of Rhode Island Representatives.
For more information about the Earned Income Tax Credit, visit the Economic Progress Institute.