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Map the Meal Gap: Connecticut’s food insecurity rate is nearly 14%

Nearly 14 percent, or 498,460 of Connecticut’s residents are food insecure according to the 2014 “Map the Meal Gap” study, which offers a detailed look at the food budget required to meet the needs of families struggling with hunger here in Connecticut. The study shows it would take more than $255 million to meet the needs of Connecticut’s food insecure population, or $16.87 per week for each food insecure person. Although 2013 data showed a 14.5 percent food insecurity rate, there is a $16 million food budget shortfall increase this year.  The average cost of a meal in Connecticut increased from $2.82 to $2.92 or an extra $1.71 per week for each food insecure person. Fairfield County has among the highest food costs in Connecticut ($3.31 per meal), with New Haven County having the highest (14.4%) food insecurity rate in the state.  In Connecticut 45.7 percent of the food insecure population...
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Working people in need of food assistance

Record numbers of employed people are hungry The subject line in Connecticut Food Bank’s email inbox was just two words, Need Help. It was from a working mother asking if she could attend the mobile pantry distribution in Middletown that week. “I am out of food for the week but still have some gas left.  We don’t have any fresh food, dairy or grains.  We don’t qualify for any assistance, have jobs but can’t make ends meet anymore. Please let me know.” It was signed, Humbled in East Lyme. This email could have been from anywhere in Connecticut as the number of employed people who are having trouble making ends meet continues to escalate. This is not a surprise to Connecticut Food Bank, as results from the 2013 Map the Meal Gap research released by Feeding America in June show 57 percent of Connecticut residents who are food insecure do not...
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Increasing number of Connecticut residents at risk of hunger

2013′s “Map the Meal Gap” study released today by Feeding America, shows 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 a 13.8 percent food insecurity rate, with a $231 million budget shortfall in Connecticut.   Middlesex County has among the highest food costs in Connecticut ($3.26 per meal) , with New Haven County having the highest (14.4%) food insecurity rate in the state.  In Connecticut Food Bank’s service area, 48 percent of the food insecure population does not qualify for food stamps or other federal food assistance program.  In Connecticut, the overall number is 57 percent, up 5 percent over last year’s data.    Child Food Insecurity rate on rise In Connecticut Food...
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Study Shows Food Insecurity Rate on Rise in Connecticut

Connecticut Food Bank and Feeding America, the nation’s largest domestic hunger-relief organization, today released the 2012 “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, nearly 14 percent, or 493,020 of Connecticut’s residents are food insecure, and it would take nearly $232 million to meet the needs of Connecticut’s food insecure population, or $16 per week for each food insecure person.  Those figures are an increase over last year’s data which showed 12.3 percent food insecurity rate, with a $199 million budget shortfall in Connecticut.    This is the second year Map the Meal Gap is being released, providing the latest county-level food cost data compiled by The Nielsen Company.  The study breaks down the food budget shortfall of residents and calculates the approximate number of meals missing from the...
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