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Why hunger is still a problem in America

CAFCA | May 24, 2018 |

Half a century ago, the CBS Reports documentary "Hunger in America" shocked middle-class Americans with depictions of desperate hunger and malnutrition across the country. "Child malnutrition in some parts were akin to rates in third-world countries," Bob Greenstein, the founder and president of the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, a left-leaning think tank, talking on CBSN about the documentary, which was broadcast nationwide to a primetime audience 50 years ago this week.

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'Man in a van' rescues 140K pounds of food for Danbury Families

CAFCA | February 21, 2018 |

When a struggling Danbury family is able to serve some healthy vegetables with their dinner, they may have Mike Greene to thank. The broccoli, carrots, or cucumbers on their forks may have been sitting on a pallet at Costco a few hours earlier, waiting for Greene to pick them up. For Greene, rescuing food is a passion that he lives daily. For the past five months, he's been driving 62 miles every weekday, picking up food at local grocery stores and delivering it to Danbury-area food pantries.

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Deep cuts to senior nutrition program felt throughout Middlesex County

CAFCA | February 13, 2017 |

Repercussions of recent and significant cuts by the agency that supplies meals for senior nutrition programs are being felt in several Middletown-area towns.

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Doing the numbers on food insecurity in the United States

CAFCA | September 15, 2015 |

Today, USDA released the 2014 estimates of the number of food insecure individuals in the United States. Despite some recent signs of economic improvement, the data show there are still 48.1 million people in this country who live in households that struggle to afford an adequate diet and may compensate in ways that compromise their health, whether that means relying on less expensive and less healthful food than they would desire—or in the case of the 17.2 million with very low food security, skipping meals and reducing the size of meals.

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Nearly 1 in 6 low-income children receive summer meals, report finds

CAFCA | June 22, 2015 |

More low-income children are eating summer meals, according to a new report released by the Food Research and Action Center (FRAC) which showed more than 3.2 million children participated in the Summer Nutrition Programs in July 2014. This represents a seven percent increase over the previous year, and demonstrates what can be done when the federal government, states, and communities make summer food a priority.

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