People are Hungry

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New Haven Hunger

Scribe: N. Tru Bass

Email: ntb@thethinkering.com

 

Bad news in New Haven surfaced this week. More than 22 percent of the city’s resident are food insecure, which means at some point during the month the family cannot access food. A recent study conducted by the Community Alliance for Research and Engagement(CARE) a part of Southern Connecticut State University School of Health and Human Services in conjunction with Yale School of Public Health, report a hunger problem in the city.

Six of the city’s lowest income neighborhoods are suffering disporportunately at 34 percent don’t have enough food to eat. To dive a little deeper 50 percent of the Latino population in those same six neighborhoods don't have access to enough food.

Yes, in the wealthiest country in the world and one of the wealthiest states people are hungry. According to recent reports, Alicia Santilli the director or CARE said, “The most distressing, I think is knowing that our children are going hungry.” Community food experts and pantries say they are serving more bags of food in the city than anytime in the past 40 years.

New Haven has more than 70 food providers that are run by volunteers. Austin Bryniarski, the vice chair of the cities Food Policy Council said, her attack is three fold and includes expanding school meals program. Streamlining the emergency system and protecting food system workers from abuse and theft.

To offer some contrast, nationwide, 41 million people struggle with hunger in the United States, including 13 million children. Nearly 6 million seniors struggle to afford enough to eat.

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I have one question how are the children going to be our future when they are hungry and not given a chance to survive in one of the most important part of their lives? One would believe we are living on a third world country this is a sad situation all around. #Godblessourchildren#

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