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About Hunger

It is estimated that in Connecticut, one in seven households is struggling to put food on the table. There are nearly 490,000 people in Connecticut at risk of hunger every year. These are people from all walks of life – children, working parents, seniors, people with disabilities, etc.

Connecticut Food Bank tries to reach everyone in need through nearly 700 community-based food programs, such as soup kitchens, food pantries and shelters, but we know we need to do more.

  • In 2014, Connecticut Food Bank distributed more than 22 million pounds of food to people in need in six of the state’s eight counties.
  • In Connecticut, one child in five under age 18 is hungry or food insecure.
  • Connecticut Food Bank distributes enough food products to make 46,000 meals each day across 127 cities and towns, covering 4,376 square miles. What can you do? Every little bit helps. Five cans of food, $5 or five hours of your time can make a difference in the life of someone who doesn’t have enough to eat every day.

Even in a state as wealthy as Connecticut, there is a huge need for food assistance in every community. Sometimes the difference between a family who uses a food program and one that doesn’t is the sudden loss of a job, an illness, or unexpected rise in health or utilities bills.

The Hunger In America 2014 study surveyed food pantry and soup kitchen clients in Connecticut and revealed that in the previous 12 months:

  • 73% had to choose between food or utilities
  • 63% had to choose between food or rent
  • 68% had to choose between food or medical care

Read about the landmark, “Map the Meal Gap 2015” study that provides a detailed look at the food budget needed by families in Connecticut who struggle with hunger.

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