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Helping Rhode Islanders Access Healthy Foods

Posted 4 months ago by Sadye Savoir

Public Health, 

Now More Than Ever.
February 2021
RIPHI Program Highlights

Helping Rhode Islanders Access Healthy Foods
How a Tax on Sugary Drinks 
Can Benefit Rhode Island
Did you know? Sugar-sweetened beverages are the leading source
of added sugar in the American diet.

With numerous cities across the nation successfully implementing taxes on sugar-sweetened beverage (SSB), evaluations show not only the important health benefits of adopting this tax, but shed light on the best strategies for implementation of this policy. To see some valuable findings from cities that have implemented SSB taxes, and how this data can be used to implement the tax in Rhode Island, please click here.

Please join us for
this important virtual conference
Examining Food Insecurity
in Rhode Island
February 24, 2021 10:00 - 12:00
To register, click here.
Please join the Rhode Island Public Health Institute in partnership with Grow Smart Rhode Island and the University of Rhode Island as we look at the causes of the high levels of food insecurity in RI and discuss potential methods to alleviate this public health problem. 

Panel One: Sugar Sweetened Beverage Taxes as a Funding Mechanism for the Retail SNAP Incentive Program
We'll explore how the SSB Tax can help bring healthier food to SNAP recipients, by funding the Retail SNAP Incentive Program (RSIP). This would enable SNAP recipients to receive a 50% reduction in the cost of their fresh fruits and vegetables in retail grocery stores, enabling increased access to fresh healthy food and helping low-income Rhode Islanders to stretch their food budgets further. 

Panel Two: Food Access & Transportation: An Equity Intersection
Join advocates and practitioners working to use equitable transportation as a means of addressing food access. We will discuss what state and local leaders can do to ensure all Rhode Islanders, regardless of transportation abilities, have reliable access to healthy food. We will highlight challenges, successes and exciting developments, and dive specifically into how public transit can play a crucial role in addressing these issues in an equitable way.