Nearly 14 percent of New Jersey’s 1.5 million senior citizens face hunger each year – translating to about 210,000 older residents who don’t have enough food to eat.
These seniors regularly face the terrible choice of buying food, paying the electric bill or paying for medications. People with disabilities face similar hardships.
Hungry hurts the health of our senior citizens – and causes increased spending on health care and medications. Yet for many seniors and people with disabilities who qualify for NJ SNAP (food stamps), assistance can be as little as $16 a month to buy food.
Provide a state supplement to increase the minimum monthly NJ SNAP (food stamps) assistance to $30 from the current $16 benefit for senior citizens and people with disabilities.
View and download our fact sheet on senior hunger in NJ.