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 Bank expanded its Kids’ BackPack Program in the past school year and has plans to reach more children in this school year.
Click here to view an Oct. 9 feature on the program by Crossroads Magazine. Fast forward to 14:08 to see the program in action at the Macdonough Elementary School in Middletown. The segment only takes about five minutes, but worth viewing to learn how we are fighting child hunger in our communities.
Posted by Gladys Alcedo, Communications Coordinator of Connecticut Food Bank