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Volume 7: No. 2, March 2010

Availability, Affordability, and Accessibility of a Healthful Diet in a Low-Income Community, Central Falls, Rhode Island, 2007-2008

Location Family Composition/Market Basket Cost (US$)
Woman (aged >71) Family of 4 with Young Children Family of 4 with School-aged Children
Store A 43.34 143.19 176.65
Store B 46.18 157.99 192.03
Store C 29.81 92.59 114.62
Central Falls aggregate 45.67 158.19 192.58
Nationwide average, December 2007 32.60 112.60 129.60

Figure. Comparison of Thrifty Food Plan (TFP) market basket costs in US dollars by store type and family composition, Rhode Island, 2007-2008. Stores A and B are grocery stores in Central Falls. Store C is a discount supermarket in neighboring Pawtucket.

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