Food and Nutrition Security
The Food Security Committee of the CT Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (CT Academy) raises awareness of food and nutrition insecurity in CT and nationwide.
Food insecurity is the limited or uncertain availability of safe and nutritious food, which is associated with poor health outcomes. RDNs and NDTRs play a critical role in identifying and addressing food insecurity and its potential impacts on public health.
The Food Security Committee advocates for hunger-related legislation, develops and maintains relationships with like-minded organizations and groups, and educates CT Academy members on the role of the RDN and NDTR in addressing food insecurity. Activities include participating in Connecticut Foodshare’s Walk for Hunger, arranging speakers, mentoring student volunteers, participating in the CT Academy’s Food Day initiative (Apple Crunch), and hosting fundraising events to support hunger relief organizations.
The committee stays up to date on legislation, news, and anti-hunger initiatives. Recent advances include the passing of SB5301 in the Connecticut General Assembly, which addresses food insecurity in college students.
Additionally, the Connecticut Department of Agriculture is participating in Local Food Purchase Programs as part of the USDA’s efforts to strengthen local and regional food systems. Hear from U.S. Department of Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack on the USDA’s Actions on Nutrition Security (March 2022).
Food and Nutrition Security Resources
One of Connecticut’s leading anti-hunger and food security organizations offers countless services, such as SNAP assistance and a Meal Site Locator Map. They also coordinate Connecticut Fresh Match, a program that allows SNAP recipients to double the fruits and vegetables they purchase at participating farmers’ markets across the State.
Maximizing Your WIC and SNAP Benefits
A WIC and SNAP brochure to help your patients maximize their benefits.
Connecticut Department of Social Services – ConneCT
A site that details eligibility requirements and applications for food, economic, and medical aid.
Mobile Pantry Schedule | Connecticut Food Bank (ctfoodbank.org)
Connecticut FoodShare’s mobile food distribution schedule.
Review definitions, discover resources, and learn how to conduct a food insecurity screening and coordinate care.
Volunteer on the CT Academy’s Food Security Committee
The Food Security Committee virtually meets on a quarterly basis to discuss advocacy efforts and plan events. To learn more, email: email@example.com