11.9% of Connecticut residents are food insecure and 4.7% are very food insecure — a slight increase from 2008.
Connecticut is the last in the nation for the number of schools with a school breakfast program. Only 64.6% of schools participate. Only 45% 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 25.1% of every 100 low-income students that participate in school lunch also participate in summer meals.CT has the 4th best participation rate in the nation. If participation reached 40, an additional 20,815 students would be reached and we would bring additional $1.35 million federal dollars into the state.
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.