The Child Food Insecurity 2013 Study shows Connecticut’s overall child food insecurity rate is 19.8 percent, or 157,550 children state wide. This number has increased from last year’s overall rate of 18.8 percent. 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 17.1 percent, or 99,670 children.
According to the study, 47 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 14.4% 5,100
- Fairfield 15.4 34,890
- Litchfield 15.5 6,420
- New London 17.5 10,450
- New Haven 19.2 37,250
- Windham 20.9 5,560
Total 17.1% 99,670
The Child Food Insecurity research is a follow up to the Map the Meal Gap 2013: Food Insecurity Estimates at the County Level, 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 $239 million or $15.16 per week for each food insecure person.
An executive summary of the both studies and interactive map are available at www.feedingamerica.org/mapthegap.