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More Children in Connecticut Are Hungry

One child in six doesn’t have enough to eat in Connecticut, according to a report released by Feeding America, the national network of food banks. The report, titled Child Food Insecurity in the United States: 2006-2008, listed Connecticut among the Top 10 states with the highest increase in the rate of children under 18 who are food insecure. Connecticut’s numbers jumped 2.9 percent from the previously reported study released last year. Connecticut is the only state in the Northeast to see such a substantial increase. “That’s a Top 10 list that we don’t want to be part of and it shows that we need to do better for our children in Connecticut,” said Nancy L. Carrington, Chief Executive Officer of Connecticut Food Bank. “We at Connecticut Food Bank are trying to do as much as we can to be part of the solution through our child nutrition programs.” Connecticut Food...
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SNAP/Food Stamps vs. Nutrition

As we become a more nutrition-minded society, the issue of nutrition and hunger has hit center stage. On Tuesday, Oct. 12, “On Point with Tom Ashbrook,” a national broadcast on NPR, took on the issue of hunger, food stamps, sodas and fat. The show, titled “Food Stamps & Nutrition Controversy,” focused on what our New York City neighbors are trying to do in their community: asking the U.S. Department of Agriculture to bar its recipients of food stamps (now called the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program or SNAP) from using their federal benefits to buy soda and other sugary drinks. The show featured the following guests: Dr. Marlene Schwartz, Deputy Director of the Rudd Center for Food Policy & Obesity at Yale University, who is also a member of the Board of Directors of Connecticut Food Bank. Ellen Vollinger, Legal Director of the Food Research and Action Center, one of Connecticut...
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