In Fairfield County the living wage needed to modestly support a family consisting of two adults and two children is $32.32 per hour or $67,227 a year. Often, the working poor earn only Connecticut’s minimum wage, which in 2012 is $8.25 per hour. At the 2012 minimum wage rate, both
adults would have to work 10 hours a day, 7 days a week for the entire year, just to earn $60,060. This family cannot make ends meet despite both adults working 10 hour days. Faced with this dilemma, many must choose between eating nutritiously or paying the rent. Therefore, they are forced to obtain food via food pantries, soup kitchens, and shelters that are Food Bank member agencies.