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Report: 1 in 7 RI families struggle for food

October 22, 2011

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PROVIDENCE, R.I.—A new report examining Rhode Island's food system has found nearly one in seven households struggle to provide enough food for their families.

A summary of the Rhode Island Food Assessment will be released on Monday during a State House event. The full report will be released in December.

The assessment also found 62 percent of the state's adults are overweight or obese and 30 percent eat the recommended five servings of fruits and vegetables daily.

The report found a little more than 15 percent of residents receive food stamps and an average of 22,525 participated monthly last year in the nutrition program known as Women, Infants and Children.

The state has formed a 15-member Food Policy Council to make quality, locally-grown food available to residents, especially poor people.