Together, we can end hunger in New England. Join us by signing the Hunger Free New England Compact.
In 2015 thru 2016, thanks to the generosity of the Jane B. Cook 1992 Charitable Trust and the HNH Foundation, six leaders in the anti-hunger field began convening to find strength and alignment in the fight against hunger across our six small states. Together, we contributed to this compact and are asking you, your organization, and especially, our local, state, and congressional representatives to sign on, and stand strong in the face of those who seek to limit programs and policy that feed our people. Read More about the the Hunger-Free New England Compact.
“People ask me all the time-is it even possible to end hunger in America? M. Speaker-the answer is a definitive yes!”
New England is one of the most geographically diverse regions in our country. People of this region live on beautiful coastal plains or in vibrant cities, while others live on snowy mountains or on working farms. Many choose small-town life, having lived in the area for generations, while others move here for our way of life and sense of community. Even within our cities such as Boston, Burlington, Hartford, Portland, Providence, and Manchester there is a strong sense of community and belonging. Together, we make it through snowstorms, hurricanes, drought, and losing streaks. Our people work hard, are not afraid to struggle for their livelihoods, and have the democratic spirit of our ancestors who governed the states at their town meetings.
In a region so rich in history, educational opportunities, and community, it is hard to understand how the problem of hunger and malnutrition has become an epidemic, with an average of 1 in 8 households reporting food insecurity. Of the 14.7 million people living in New England, approximately 2 million live in food insecure households and 500,000 of those are children. The high cost of utilities, housing, and transportation put basic human needs out of reach for our neighbors, especially when so many rely on seasonal employment, whether it is picking berries, commercial fishing, or running ski lifts. Additionally, while the entire U.S. is experiencing a rapidly growing senior population with 10,000 “Baby Boomers” retiring every day in the U.S., the population in New England is older than most other geographic regions. By 2030, it is estimated that 28% of New England residents will be 60 or older. Any weakening of the safety-net, including strong health care and nutrition programs that allow them to age in place, is a top priority.
1 in 8
Households reporting food insecurity in New England
Children in New England living in food insecure households
New England residents will be 60 or older by 2030