13.9% of Connecticut residents are food insecure and 6.0% are very food insecure — a slight increase from 11.9% and 4.7%, respectively, in 2009-2011.
Connecticut is 49th in the nation for the number of schools with a school breakfast program with 81.8% of schools participating. Only 51 students participate in free and reduced price breakfast for every 100 in lunch.
Connecticut would receive an additional $9.6 million federal dollars if the participation rate of school breakfast reached 70%.
Connecticut’s SNAP (formerly Food Stamps) participation rate is 72%. Only 53% of the eligible working poor participate in the SNAP program. Many go to food pantries instead for food. For every $1 spent on WIC funding, Connecticut saves $1.77-$3.13 on future medical costs.
Only 25 of every 100 low-income students that participate in school lunch also participate in summer meals.
CT has the 5th best participation rate in the nation. If participation reached 40, an additional 19,406 students would be reached and we would bring additional $1.48 million federal dollars into the state.
Witnesses to Hunger
In 2015, EHC! partnered with organizations across Connecticut and Drexel University’s Center for Hunger-Free Communities to bring Witnesses to Hunger to the CT State Capitol. This photo exhibit featured pictures taken by 12 “witnesses” living in CT and experiencing food insecurity. Our witnesses shared their voices and photos with CT’s decision-makers and residents across the state. Click here to see the booklet and learn from their stories and photographs.
End Hunger Connecticut! connected Grace with SNAP benefits so she could feed her family while she finished her job training program and searched for full-time employment.
If you know someone experiencing hunger, encourage them to call our SNAP Call Center at (866) 974-SNAP to see if they may be eligible for SNAP benefits.