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End Hunger Connecticut!’s Rich State, Empty Plates Symposium Shines Spotlight on Growing Food Insecurity Amidst Great Affluence
Date:12/5/2013

Hartford, CT (PRWEB) December 05, 2013

Today, End Hunger Connecticut!, a statewide anti-hunger and food security organization with headquarters in Hartford, convened community, government, state and national anti-hunger and food security advocates to discuss the economic impact of hunger in Connecticut. Participants worked together to develop strategies on ways to better leverage existing food and nutrition programs and policies in order to further reduce food insecurity levels across the state.

“Today’s symposium is a major step towards identifying how Connecticut will respond to the recent and impending cuts to federal nutrition program funding,” Lucy Nolan, Executive Director, End Hunger Connecticut!, said. “It is important for us to educate the community and state and government partners on where Connecticut currently stands in the national fight against hunger. We want to identify opportunities to establish deeper collaborations and advocate for policies that ensure all Connecticut residents have access to nutritious food for themselves and their families throughout the year.”

In a state ranked by the U.S. Census Bureau as the 4th wealthiest in the country, empty plates are an ongoing challenge. More than 400,000 Connecticut residents rely on Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits to put food on the table – a task made even more difficult in light of November’s 5.5 percent cut to SNAP. Additionally, more than 19 percent of Connecticut’s children are food insecure, yet the State has ranked dead last for the last eight consecutive years for the number of schools offering the federally-funded School Breakfast Program. During the summer months, only 1 out of 4 Connecticut children who receive free or reduced-price meals during the school year participate in free summer meals programs.

End Hunger Connecticut!’s Rich State, Empty Plates Symposium brought local and national experts to
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