In mid-November, U.S. Department of Agriculture released its annual, national hunger survey stating that 49 million Americans struggle with hunger. What is alarming is that this was the highest number since the USDA started its national hunger survey in 1995, “and those numbers were gathered before the worst of our economic downturn.” What may be surprising to some in the state of Connecticut is that:
“Connecticut experienced one of the country’s largest jumps in hungry households — a nearly 3 percent increase from the previous survey to 11 percent. One in nine Connecticut households — 390,000 residents — struggled with hunger, according to the study.”
With the economic down turn and the loss of jobs that have already hit Connecticut, and the projected loss for 2010, hunger — as well as homelessness — will continue to be a rising problem in our state. Food banks and soup kitchens are struggling across the state. Some Connecticut hunters have come up with a creative way of helping to feed the hunger, while simultaneously helping to control Connecticut’s fast growing deer population.
Driving on Connecticut’s back roads, one of the problems motorists look out for are deer seeming to appear out of no where. As the deer population continues to rise, the amount of deer and car collisions also rise. Hunt to Feed came up with the idea of helping to control the state’s overpopulation of deer and feeding the hungry:
“This program extends itself from the discussion tables on how to properly control and manage an ever-growing deer population problem all the way to the dinner tables of our local soup kitchens that help nourish the hungry.
The deer over-population problem is a serious problem in so many ways. For humans, some of the more obvious dangers are deer to car collisions, tick borne diseases and deforestation; we also face a lesser yet important issue in costly landscape destruction”