The Facts

 

Hunger in New England

1 in 8 households report food insecurity in New England.

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.

10,000 "Baby Boomers" retire every day in the U.S.  By 2030, it is estimated that 28% of New England residents will be 60 or older.

 

Hunger in the states

Number of Households Reporting Food Insecurity

Food Research & Action Center, State of the States Report-February 2015

1,096,440

The average daily participation of children eating free school lunch in schools across New England.

only 19%

Of the children eating free or reduced school lunch are access summer meals in New England

1,796,833

The average monthly participation of individuals using the SNAP program in all six states.


Poverty

1,599,995 New Englanders live in poverty.

438,566 (27%) of these New Englanders are children under the age of 18.

 

Poverty & Child Poverty Rates by State

Food Research & Action Center, State of the States Report-February 2015

Wages

Many working full-time (40 hours per week) at the state minimum wage may still qualify for and depend on SNAP or other assistance.

Hourly Minimum Wage by State

Food Research & Action Center, State of the States Report-February 2015

Summary

Hunger is one of the greatest injustices facing New Englanders today.  At the same time our region is rich with assets to solve this problem: 20% of our Congressional Delegates serving on the Congressional Hunger Caucus; New England has outstanding food security advocates in each  state; strong public support for well-run programs that serve basic needs; and a strong spirit of  community across state lines within the region.