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The state’s unemployment rate may be under 4 percent, but there are still plenty of households struggling to put food on the table, according to a survey released Thursday by the Rhode Island Community Food Bank.
The survey of 419 participants who use food banks around the state found 66 percent of households have children or a senior adult, a sign that vulnerable populations are in need of support. Nearly 70 percent of households with children have at least one adult who is working but still struggling for their next meal.
When you dig deeper into the survey, you come across a striking set of responses to questions about how often people have to choose between paying for food and basic services like utilities or rent.
• 31 percent said they’ve chosen between medicine and food at least once in the last year.
• 33 percent said they’ve chosen between utilities and food at least once.
• 33 percent have chosen between rent/mortgage and food at least once.
• 31 percent have chosen between transportation or gas and food at least once.
This is the first time in five years that the Rhode Island Community Food Bank has conducted this kind of comprehensive survey of participants. Officials say it’s designed to help the food bank better understand the populations it serves while highlighting the challenges Rhode Island residents face.
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• How did a $2,150 campaign mailer that was sent three years ago lead to a grand jury investigation that involves aides to House Speaker Nicholas Mattiello? Here’s my refresher on the Board of Elections probe that could lead to criminal charges.
• In New Hampshire on Wednesday, former Vice President Joe Biden called for the impeachment of President Trump .
• With the Giants visiting Foxboro tonight, the Globe’s Dan Shaughnessy reminds us how New York’s best football team has a long history in New England.
• The haunted boat rides from Providence Ghost Tours gets some love from the Globe as one of the cool things to do in New England this fall.
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• Four Providence Democrats – Orlando Correa, Pedro Espinal, Monica Huertas and Natalia Rosa Sosa – are running in today’s special primary for the Ward 10 City Council seat. This is the race to replace disgraced Councilman Luis Aponte, who resigned in July.
• Tiverton voters head to the polls today for a possible recall of Town Council President Robert Coulter and Vice President Justin Katz.
• Ed Fitzpatrick will be in Dighton tonight for a free community conversation with the New England First Amendment Coalition.
• The nonprofit Building Futures and the Rhode Island Building & Construction Trades Council are holding a seminar that will focus on “Opioids and Your Workforce” at 11:30 a.m. at the UA Local 151 office in East Providence.
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