Child Hunger | Connecticut Food Bank

The Map The Meal Gap study shows Connecticut’s overall child food insecurity rate is 15.6 percent, representing 117,380 children statewide. Food insecurity is defined by the USDA as the lack of consistent access to adequate amounts of food for an active, healthy life.

In the Connecticut Food Bank service area, which includes Fairfield, Litchfield, Middlesex, New Haven, New London, and Windham Counties, 82,450 children, or 15% of the area’s children, are food insecure.

According to the study, 43 percent of the food insecure families in Connecticut do not receive federal food assistance programs such as SNAP (food stamps), free or reduced price school meals, or the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children (WIC), because their families earn over the income limit to qualify.

Findings for the counties served by Connecticut Food Bank:

County Percent Number of Food Insecure Children
Fairfield 13.2 29,370
Litchfield 14.1 5,090
Middlesex 13.4 4,240
New Haven 16.8 30,460
New London 16.6 9,160
Windham 17.0 4,130
Total 15.0% 82,450

Map the Meal Gap is supported by the Howard G. Buffett Foundation and Nielsen. That data provides a detailed look at the additional food budget needed by families struggling with hunger. It would take nearly $245 million to meet the needs of Connecticut’s food insecure population.

An executive summary and interactive map are available at