Fifteen percent of Connecticut residents surveyed in the first half of 2012 said that in the prior 12 months there were times when they did not have enough money to buy the food they needed for themselves or their family. The survey results, up slightly over the previous six months, are according to the Food Research and Action Center’s (FRAC’s) series of analyses of survey data on food hardship collected by Gallup as part of the Gallup-Healthways Well-Being Index.
The survey looks at the most recent available food hardship rates by state for the first half of 2012. It is part of a year-round survey that began in January 2008. One thousand individuals per day are asked, “Have there been times in the past 12 months when you did not have enough money to buy food that you or your family needed?”
“These results only confirm what our network of 600 food-assistance programs continue to experience on a daily basis, with 1 in 7 households surveyed struggling to put food on the table,” said Connecticut Food Bank’s President & Chief Executive Officer Nancy L. Carrington. “We see hunger in every community we serve with many unemployed, underemployed and some households dealing with an illness. And if they do not qualify for federal assistance, they often must rely on sources such as Connecticut Food Bank’s member programs to feed themselves and their families.”
The most recent survey indicates a food hardship rate of 18.2 percent nationwide for the first six months of 2012, a slip dip from the 2011 rate of 18.6 percent. FRAC began tracking food hardship data in 2010, and results have been above 18 percent since the depths of the recession in 2009.
The full report is available at www.frac.org.