Similar to the campaign to end homelessness, a Connecticut group this week launched an effort to make sure its children no longer go hungry.
Standing alongside USDA Consumer Services Secretary Kevin Concannon and state officials Gov. Dannel P. Malloy helped launch the “No Hungry Kid” campaign Wednesday in Middletown.
In Connecticut more than 127,000 children are at risk of hunger and while there are programs doing everything they can to address it some are falling short. The summer meals program isn’t reaching about 75 percent of eligible children and the after school supper program isn’t reaching at least 24,000 eligible children. The later program is only offered at two sites in the state.
In order to address the deficiencies End Hunger Connecticut!, a statewide anti-hunger organization, has teamed up with Share Our Strength, a national organization to end childhood hunger by 2015, largely by increasing participation in federally-funded food and nutrition programs over the next five years.