Join #SNAPFeedsNJ to Fight Food Cuts!

Pumping $1.2 billion into New Jersey’s local economies each year, the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) helps feed tens of thousands of low-income workers, children, senior citizens and people with disabilities.

This critical federal aid, commonly known as food stamps, helps more than 750,000 New Jersey residents afford nutritious food, including nearly 300,000 children, according to state data. The majority of households receiving this aid have at least one working family member and almost all are scraping by on poverty wages or income.

Right now, Congress is advancing a harmful proposal to cut this essential aid.

Join the New Jersey Anti-Hunger Coalition and its many partners in opposing the House version of the “Farm Bill,” which would punish people who can’t find jobs and take assistance away from working parents and their children. We need to raise our collective voices over this hurtful proposal, released April 12 by House Agriculture Committee Chair Michael Conaway, (R-Texas).

Here are three things you can do.

Post a Virtual Paper Plate

Grab your friends, co-workers, neighbors and family members and host a paper plate party for our online ONLY Paper Plate Campaign. It’s easy. Get a stack of paper plates and some magic markers. Write No Cuts. No Caps. #SNAPFeedsNJ, along with name and hometown.

Speak up on social media

Turn up the volume on social media by sending messages to your Congressional representatives. Our #SNAPFeedsNJ social media page has your rep’s handle and sample messages to send.

Call Congress

Participate in the coalition’s mass call-in to the Capitol Switchboard to send a strong message to our federal lawmakers. Simply call (202) 225-3121 and tell your Representatives why they must vote to protect safety net programs, like SNAP.

Join the #SNAPFeedsNJ Paper Plate Campaign

Get Creative! Have Fun!

The #SNAPFeedsNJ plate ONLINE campaign is a fun way to send visual images via social media to amplify our message to protect food assistance for our most vulnerable residents.

So make a party out of  it!

And help your fellow New Jersey residents who face hunger. Grab friends, neightbors, family, co-workers, some magic markets and paper plates. Feel free to get creative.  But be sure to write: No Caps. No Cuts. #SNAPFeedsNJ, along with each person’s name and home town.

After you create your plates, take a few pics & post to your social media feeds, then e-mail your photos to nancy@parellocomm.com. We’ll make a slideshow and send to our federal lawmakers. Please note that this is an online ONLY campaign. We will not be collecting the actual plates but we will be posting your pictures so be sure to send them over!

Call Congress

Politicians listen when their constituents call.

The opinions of the voters who put them in office — or vote them out — is important. So take a minute on November 15 and join NJAHC’s mass call-in to the Capitol Switchboard. Simply call (202) 225-3121, identify yourself and send this message:

“I am calling to urge (Name of your Representative) to reject cuts to SNAP and other food assistance for children and adults and other anti-poverty programs. One million struggling New Jersey residents face hunger each year. SNAP is the first line of defense against hunger. Please reject any cuts and caps to these essential programs.”

Not sure who represents you in Congress? Use this quick lookup tool to find out.

The Facts About NJ SNAP

SNAP Feeds NJ Report

SNAP brings $1.2 billion into New Jersey’s local businesses, while keeping about 800,000 New Jersey residents from going hungry, according to NJAHC’s new report.

Faces of Hunger
“We had the American dream. In the blink of an eye, it turned to a nightmare when my husband was out of work. SNAP gave me peace of mind, knowing my kids wouldn’t go to bed hungry. It was temporary help when we needed it most.”
SNAP & Congress

NJ SNAP helps thousands in New Jersey’s Congressional Districts. Use our Congressional fact sheets to show your representatives how important food aid is to the people in his/her district.

SNAP Dollars Spent in NJ businesses

NJ SNAP Recipients

Children Receiving SNAP