Report finds food security hits cities, towns across county
A report titled "Hunger Lives Here: A Look at Food Insecurity in Fairfield County, Connecticut," from the Fairfield County Community Foundation has found access to food is more than just a problem during the colder months. Despite Fairfield County's reputation for wealth, the report, found issues of "food security" -- defined as consistent access to food -- is growing and hits both cities and towns and people of all ages, even those who work. The report found that, county-wide, one in ten families has struggled to find food. In cities, swaths of Bridgeport, Norwalk, Stamford and Danbury are considered "food deserts," areas without easy access to a grocery story, by the United States Department of Agriculture. In the suburbs, long-term unemployment continues to raise poverty rates and fewer families and towns participate in federal and state programs to alleviate hunger. Kate Lombardo, executive director of the Stamford-based Food Bank of Lower Fairfield County, was not surprised by the report's findings. Again Nancy von Euler, program director at the foundation stated that she thinks readers will be surprised to learn that food insecurity is that common in Fairfield County, one of the most affluent places in the country. Where as Lombardo's organization distributes about 2 million pounds of food to Greenwich, Stamford, Darien, New Canaan, Norwalk and Wilton. Children, seniors and the working poor are the most at risk, according to the report.