September is Hunger Action Month. Here are the facts on hunger in CT. Here is what you can do to help...
1. Volunteer at the CT Food Bank. Here's how.
2. DONATE to the CT Food Bank. $1 = 4 meals for somebody in need.
3. Share this video to raise awareness for hunger in CT.
10 Facts on Hunger in CT
- There are more than 400,000 people in Connecticut at risk of hunger every year. These are people from all walks of life – children, working parents, seniors, people with disabilities, etc.
- 1 in 7 households in Connecticut is struggling to put food on the table
- Nearly 1 in 5 children in Connecticut does not always know where his or her next meal is coming from.
- In Connecticut, the child food insecurity rate is an overall 18.9 percent.
- More than 16 million children in the United States struggled with hunger in 2010.
- In 2010, 55 percent of Connecticut Food Bank’s distribution to food pantries went to suburbs and small towns.
- Every business day, Connecticut Food Bank distributes more than 31 tons of food.
- 52 percent of the people in Connecticut who are food insecure do not quality for SNAP benefits (food stamps) because their income is above qualifying thresholds.
- In Connecticut Food Bank’s service area, more than half of the children living in food insecure households do not qualify for free/reduced school meals or the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children (WIC). They often rely on Connecticut Food Bank and others for food assistance.
- For every dollar donated, Connecticut Food Bank can purchase $5 worth of food at wholesale value.