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Map The Meal Gap 2015 study shows Connecticut’s overall child food insecurity rate is 19 percent, or 152,990 children state wide. Food insecurity is a phrase used by the USDA to describe lack of consistent access to adequate amounts of food for an active, healthy life.

In Connecticut Food Bank’s service area, which includes Fairfield, Litchfield, Middlesex, New Haven, New London and Windham Counties, the child food insecurity rate is 18.1 percent, or 103,400 children.

According to the study, 43 percent of the food insecure children in Connecticut Food Bank’s service area 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

  • Middlesex                16.1                                     5,500
  • Fairfield                    16.2                                     36,710
  • Litchfield                   17.3                                     6,860
  • New London            19.2                                    11,220
  • New Haven              19.9                                     37,630
  • Windham                   21.3                                     5,480

            Total                          18.1%                                  103,400                 

The Map the Meal Gap 2015 is supported by the Howard G. Buffett Foundation and Nielsen. That data provides a detailed look at the food budget needed by families struggling with hunger, which in Connecticut is an estimated $253 million or $17.11 per week for each food insecure person.

An executive summary and interactive map are available at

Connecticut Food Bank works with local growers, retailers, the food industry and community supporters to provide nutritious food to children who struggle with hunger. Watch this PSA produced for us by Feeding America that thanks all the “angels” who help.


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