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 Rhode Island has seen a consistent decrease in food insecurity since 2016, 2021 data show a slight increase when compared to 2020.
  • 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