Data Sources

Food Insecurity Data

Food insecurity is defined as the disruption of food intake or eating patterns because of lack of money and other resources. Adults who are food insecure may be at an increased risk for a variety of negative health outcomes and health disparities. more The Rhode Island Food Strategy includes a goal to reduce food insecurity in Rhode Island to below 10 percent by 2020.


To assess Rhode Island's progress towards advancing health equity, as part of Rhode Island's statewide health equity indicators.

Key Information

Indicator Percentage of population who are food insecure
Data Source Feeding America - Map the Meal Gap
Strata County
What this indicator means This indicator is a measure devised by Feeding America that estimates food insecurity prevalence by state and county each year. Data from the Current Population Survey (CPS), American Community Survey (ACS), and Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) are used to analyze the relationship between food insecurity and various determinants, such as poverty, median income, and unemployment, at the state level. These associations are then used to estimate food insecurity rates at the county level based on those determinants. More information about this methodology can be found in the Map the Meal Gap annual technical brief. more

Key Findings, 2016

  • The prevalence of food insecurity in Rhode Island has been steadily decreasing over the past several years, from 15.3% in 2011 to 12.1% in 2016.
  • Providence County has the highest estimated rate of food insecurity (13.2% in 2016).
  • Bristol County has the lowest estimated rate of food insecurity (10.0% in 2016).