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This policy paper examines the global, health, and social implications of food deserts in the state of Rhode Island. This paper assesses the inception of the food desert phenomenon and draws attention to three policy options for the state. While there is sufficient research on food deserts in large cities like New York and Philadelphia, little information is available regarding the implications of food deserts and policy options available to provide low-income Rhode Islanders with healthy, affordable food. Research methodology consists of site visits and interviews, as well as research courtesy of the 2017 Rhode Island Food Strategy and nonprofit organizations of the state. The policy paper recommends a strengthening and modification of current policies to better accommodate the lives of Rhode Islanders.