Hamden Hunger Project
We’re Quinnipiac journalism students working with community leaders and the New Haven Independent to report on hunger or “food insecurity” in Hamden.
As Connecticut’s cost of living and income inequality rise, the prevalence of hunger has increased as well. Some 40% of Hamden residents are struggling to make ends meet and put food on the table, according to the United Way. Working families, the elderly and the differently abled have been hit the hardest with food hardship, the inability to afford or access nutritious food.
Today one in eight people in Hamden go hungry, yet less than half of Hamden residents know where to find the food services they need.
And although food hardship is growing, some residents are not aware that their neighbors might suffer from hunger.
Our goal has been to learn from Hamden residents in need of food services. We’re working with community leaders from churches and food pantries to inform residents of their services and locations. We have posted four billboards around Hamden, advertising our two-way texting service that provides food bank and pantry locations.
We’re also reaching out to residents who face limited food access, to better understand the challenges they face and what can be done for them.
If you would like to share feedback or your experience with us, text HUNGER to 888111.
This project is administered by the Online News Association with support from Excellence and Ethics in Journalism Foundation, the Robert R. McCormick Foundation, Knight Foundation, the Democracy Fund, Rita Allen Foundation and the Scripps Howard Foundation.