Health Equity

Food insecurity

Percentage of households with low or very low food security

About this data measure

  • Food insecure households do not have enough food to meet the needs of all members due to insufficient money or other resources. (Source: USDA)
  • While the data indicate a decrease in food insecurity between 2016 and 2019 in Rhode Island, this trend has likely reversed given the economic impact of the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • National data reveal that single parent households and Black households are more likely to be food insecure than other groups. Similar data are needed at the local level to better understand disparities.
  • Food insecurity is also a Rhode Island Health Equity Measure.

Measure Source: United States Department of Agriculture

Food insecurity over time