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Map the Meal Gap

Connecticut Food Bank and Feeding America, the nation’s largest domestic hunger-relief organization, released the 2013 “Map the Meal Gap” Study, which offers a detailed look at food budget required to meet the needs of families struggling with hunger here in Connecticut. 

According to the study, 14.5 percent, or 520,350 of Connecticut’s residents are food insecure, and it would take more than $239 million to meet the needs of Connecticut’s food insecure population, or 15.16 per week for each food insecure person.  Those figures are an increase over last year’s data which showed 13.8 percent food insecurity rate, with a $231 million budget shortfall in Connecticut.  

Click here to view the Map the Meal Gap data an interactive map format.  There you will find:

  • The percentage of the population who is food insecure.
  • Child food insecurity data by state and county.
  • The percentage of the food insecure population who qualify based on income for SNAP (Foods Stamps) and other federal nutrition programs.
  • The percentage of the food insecure population who do NOT qualify for federal nutrition programs and often must rely on charitable food assistance programs and who also need better wages and employment opportunities to help them meet their basic needs.
  • The average price per meal based on new research by The Nielsen Company.

Click below to access data by Connecticut County:

Fairfield:  Overall Food Insecurity  Child Food Insecurity

Litchfield: Overall Food Insecurity Child Food Insecurity

Middlesex: Overall Food Insecurity Child Food Insecurity

New Haven: Overall Food Insecurity Child Food Insecurity

New London: Overall Food Insecurity Child Food Insecurity

Windham: Overall Food Insecurity Child Food Insecurity

 

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