Nourish RI holds rally in favor of sugary drink tax

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PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WLNE)- The Nourish Rhode Island coalition held a rally at the State House on Tuesday to express support for a “sugary drinks tax” being considered by the General Assembly.

The legislation would implement a 50 percent discount on fresh fruits and vegetables for Rhode Island families who receive Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits.

The discount would be funded by a 1.5 cent per ounce tax on drinks including sports drinks, energy drinks, and non-diet sodas.

“It’s an unfortunate fact that healthy, nutrient-rich food is simply not affordable for many Rhode Island families. A small tax on unhealthy sugary beverages will incentivize healthy eating  behavior, while funding a new, innovative public health program that will help address food insecurity for the more than 144,000 Rhode Islanders,” said Rep. Jean Philippe Barros and Sen. Valarie Lawson, the sponsors of the legislation.



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