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Hunger in Hartford
Transcript of Hunger in Hartford
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Hartford's poverty rate is at 38%, the highest among all Connecticut cities and 2nd highest in the nation
1,370,000 people in the state are food insecure, over 63,000 of which experienced very low food security (many are children) (2012)
Did you know?
Hands on Hartford's Backpack Nutrition Program feeds 200 children/week
Students receive a backpack with food for the weekend every Friday afternoon, then return the packs on Monday morning to be re-stocked for the next week
Trinity's Project Packs (Office of Community Services, Charleston House of Interfaith Cooperation) fills 30 packs weekly ($100 worth of food)
How can we help?
- have trouble concentrating
- get more headaches, infections, and illnesses
- are less likely to perform well in athletics
Their parents are also hungry & working long hours, limiting their parenting ability
Continuous cycle of poverty - children cannot thrive in education because of hunger, and will continue to suffer food insecurity when they become adults and have children
Surviving with hunger
Food security: access by all people at all times to enough nutritious food for an active, healthy life
Hunger: the uneasy or painful sensation caused by lack of food
Food insecurity: the lack of assured access at all times to enough food for healthy, active lives, while hunger is the uneasy or painful sensation caused by lack of food
What does food insecurity mean?
1 in 6 children in CT live in hungry households (more than 151,000 are at risk)
76.7 percent of students are eligible for free or reduced price school meals in Hartford (2012)
Federal programs are not enough - only 44% who receive lunch participate in the School Breakfast Program & 25.5% participate in the Summer Meals Programs
What about dinner & weekends?
Ways you can help:
Donate now - even a few dollars helps!
Approach an organization about donating one weeks' worth ($100) of backpacks
Hold a food drive with an organization or group of friends!
Donate extra meals (specific foods needed)