End Hunger Connecticut! Responds to Proposed Farm Bill Cuts by Launching ‘CT SNAPshots’ Campaign

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Connecticut anti-hunger and food security organization is asking residents to share how SNAP has impacted their lives.

With both the House and Senate proposing cuts to the Farm Bill that could significantly reduce or eliminate benefits for 85,000 of the 400,000 Connecticut residents currently receiving SNAP benefits, End Hunger Connecticut!, a statewide anti-hunger and food security organization with headquarters in Hartford, is asking residents to share their ‘CT SNAPshot’ and tell elected officials how SNAP has impacted their lives.

“In recent years, the poor economy has yielded dramatic increases in the number of Connecticut residents who qualify for SNAP benefits,” Lucy Nolan, Executive Director, End Hunger Connecticut!, said. “SNAP is a vital resource for individuals and families who are facing food hardship and we need to show the House and Senate how SNAP is changing people’s lives for the better whether it’s used now or helped a family to succeed years ago.”

In an effort to help protect SNAP benefits against the aggressive cuts proposed to the Farm Bill, End Hunger Connecticut! is asking those who have been impacted by SNAP to share their story. Whether SNAP has helped to consistently put dinner on the table or allowed someone to focus their time and energy on finding a new job, End Hunger Connecticut! wants to know about it. Stories can be submitted through End Hunger Connecticut’s website, via Twitter using the #MyCTSNAPshot hashtag, or posted to End Hunger Connecticut’s Facebook page.

Although Connecticut is considered among the wealthiest states in the nation, food hardship is a challenge facing many residents:

  •     One in nine Connecticut residents qualify for SNAP benefits.
  •     More than 50 percent of SNAP recipients are children under 18.
  •     Nearly 40 percent of Connecticut SNAP households receive the maximum benefit allotment because they have little or no income.
  •     One in five Connecticut households with children suffers from food hardship, meaning they couldn’t afford food at least once during the year.

End Hunger Connecticut! plays an active role in educating legislators and community leaders on the importance of increasing access to federal nutrition programs for children and adults across the State. By maintaining a strong and consistent presence at the legislature, in schools and around the community, the organization is able to effect positive and lasting change that translates into more Connecticut residents in need having access to nutritious meals for the whole family.

To learn more about End Hunger Connecticut!, visit: http://www.endhungerct.org.

About End Hunger Connecticut!

End Hunger Connecticut! is a statewide anti-hunger and food security organization. By focusing on advocacy, outreach, education and research, EHC! serves as a comprehensive anti-hunger resource for community organizations, legislators, and low-income families. To learn more, visit: http://www.endhungerct.org.

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