A national survey released today found that nearly 15 percent of households in Connecticut struggled to buy food in 2009.

The report by the Food Research and Action Center says that 18.7 percent of households with children said they did not have enough money to adequately feed their families.

The findings are consistent with statistics from the state Department of Social Services, which said earlier this month that the number of Food Stamp recipients rose 30 percent last year.

“This up to the moment data reaffirms what we’re seeing in local communities around the state – families are struggling in Connecticut,” said Lucy Nolan, executive director of End Hunger Connecticut!

Nolan said the rate of “food hardship” had declined slightly in 2008, because of dropping food prices and increased participation in aid programs.

The Food and Research Action Center report is based on survey data collected by Gallup. The report is available at www.frac.org.

About 650,000 people were asked a series of questions on health, work environment and access to services. More than 530,000 were surveyed about food.

Mark is the Capitol Bureau Chief and a co-founder of CT Mirror. He is a frequent contributor to WNPR, a former state politics writer for The Hartford Courant and Journal Inquirer, and contributor for The New York Times.

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