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Food Banks that serve the State of Connecticut

Food banks serve large areas and will be able to find a feeding program in your local community. In Connecticut, an estimated 380,310 individuals, including over 83,530 children, grapple with hunger, representing 1 in 10 people in the state. These are not abstract statistics; they are neighbors, coworkers, and fellow community members facing the harsh reality of food insecurity. To combat this issue, organizations like Connecticut Food Bank | Foodshare are tirelessly working to bridge the meal gap, distributing nearly 40 million meals last year alone. However, the need persists, reminding us that hunger knows no bounds, affecting families across urban and rural landscapes, irrespective of socioeconomic status. Even in a state as affluent as Connecticut, unexpected life events like job loss or illness can quickly push families into food insecurity, highlighting the urgency for continued support and resources.

One notable initiative addressing this challenge is the Bypass Project led by Red Tomato in collaboration with local farmers and community food distributors in Bridgeport and Hartford. This innovative supply chain prototype aims to enhance affordability, accessibility, and food security by fostering direct connections between growers and consumers. By cutting through systemic barriers, this project seeks to ensure that underserved communities have access to nutritious food while providing fair compensation to growers. Meanwhile, grassroots efforts such as community gardens, urban farming programs, and initiatives like Forge City Works' transition to a full-time grocery store underscore the collective commitment to ending food insecurity. As we navigate legislative discussions like HB 6854 and explore creative solutions, it's evident that collaboration across sectors and communities is vital in our quest to ensure that every Connecticut resident can access healthy and affordable meals.

Connecticut Foodshare

2 Research Parkway, Wallingford, CT 06492