Hunger in Connecticut

According to estimates from Feeding America, more than 460,000 (1 in 8) Connecticut residents struggle with hunger; more than 112,000 children are food insecure. These are people from all walks of life – children, working parents, seniors, or people living with disabilities. They are your neighbors.

We work through a network of community-based programs, such as soup kitchens, food pantries and shelters to provide nutritious food to people in need, but we know we need to do more.

Last year, Connecticut Foodshare distributed enough food to prepare nearly 40 million meals to people in need in Connecticut.

Even in a state as wealthy as Connecticut, there is need for food assistance in every community. Sometimes the difference between a family that uses a food program and one that doesn’t is the sudden loss of a job, an illness or unexpected rise in health care or utilities expenses.

Learn more about the Map the Meal Gap study that provides a detailed look at the food budget needed by families in Connecticut who struggle with hunger.

Below are data that illustrates overall food insecurity and other data in Connecticut by town. This data is provided by Feeding America from its Map the Meal Gap study and reflects data for 2022. A map that displays data by town is available for 2021, and will be updated when 2022 town level data become available.