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Feeding the Next Generation

Updated: Nov 2, 2022

Feeding the next generation is what we do

We started Filling in the Blanks in 2013 to ensure that children who relied on school lunches didn’t go hungry on weekends. Now, families struggling to make ends meet face an even bigger problem. As pandemic-era school lunch vouchers expire, NBC News reports that children across the country are skipping meals to save money.

This is a major problem, and that’s why Filling in the Blanks is committed to feeding the next generation. It is bad enough that so many of our local families struggle to put food on the table on weekends. It’s 💔 💔 to think about children going hungry during school, as hunger affects their concentration and development and leads to worse outcomes for them, their families and our community.

One in 8

When you’re out and about this holiday season, look around you. You’ll see happy families, especially kids, enjoying the most wonderful time of the year… but not all of them.

One in 8. That’s the number of children in Connecticut who go to bed hungry, per statistics from Feeding America. Nearly 100,000 kids in our state don’t get enough to eat, and with inflation at its highest rate in 40 years, food insecurity is worse in 2022 than it has been in years.

But you can help!

We need your help to meet our holiday goal of filling 10,000 weekend meal bags. It sounds simple, but your donations help us provide far more than “just” a meal bag: When children don’t feel food-insecure, it starts a virtuous circle that helps the entire community in both the short and long terms. When the next generation is well-fed and happy, we all win.

The good news is that it works! It’s not just common sense: It’s dollars and sense. Study after study has shown that the economic value of helping kids stay well-fed pays off for everyone.

That’s where you come in. You can donate or volunteer (or both!!) or even just help us spread the word. As we reflect on what’s important this time of year, consider working with Filling in the Blanks to help create a stronger and healthier community! 💛💜

Will you help us make a difference? Visit to donate today!


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