‘Map the Meal Gap’ study finds Connecticut still struggles with hunger

Even the youngest GMCT viewers are out at the East Haven ShopRite helping to donate to the Connecticut Food Bank. Friday, April 1, 2016. (WTNH / Raven Brown)

WALLINGFORD, Conn. (WTNH) — A new study says that many people in Connecticut still continue to struggle with hunger.

Feeding America’s “Map the Meal Gap” study reveals that one in seven people in the United States struggles with hunger at some point during the year. In Connecticut, more than 300,000 people are “food insecure”, meaning they don’t have access to enough food for an active healthy life.

Using data from the five-year period of 2010 to 2014, Map the Meal Gap 2016 is the first report with post-Great Recession county food-insecurity estimates.

“Map the Meal Gap shares data about the prevalence of hunger in our community,” said Paul O’Leary, Interim CEO at the Connecticut Food Bank. “This information allows us to better understand the need and work with partners, donors and stakeholders to help close that gap.”

Some key Connecticut findings from the report:

  • 44 percent of food insecure people served by the Connecticut Food Bank are ineligible for government-funded food assistance programs. They rely on charitably donated food to meet basic needs.
  • 95,600 children – 16.9 percent of children in the six counties served by the Connecticut Food Bank – are food insecure.
  • Fairfield County, with the highest per capita income of Connecticut counties, has a food insecurity rate of nearly 11 percent, or nearly 102,000 people; almost 34,000 of those people are children.

If you would like to help close the meal gap in Connecticut, here’s how you can get involved with the Connecticut Food Bank’s campaigns and activities.

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