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30 May

Talking Hunger NJ

State and federal officials, emergency food providers and advocates gathered today to discuss federal issues related to reducing hunger, examining ways to fight threats while advancing efforts to ensure all New Jersey residents have healthy food to eat, every single day. U.S. Representatives Frank Pallone and Josh Gottheimer, along with Congressional staff, attended the session, A Congressional Conversation: Hunger in New Jersey, sponsored by Hunger Free New Jersey and the New Jersey Healthy Kids Initiative – Rutgers University. The event was...

23 Apr

-Half of NJ seniors missing out on food aid

Thousands of older New Jersey adults who face hunger are missing out on critical assistance that helps put food on the table, according to data tools recently released by the Food Research & Action Center (FRAC), with support from AARP Foundation. The federal Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) helps low-income seniors and others afford the food they need to maintain their health and well-being, yet the FRAC map shows that less than half of eligible New Jersey seniors, age 60 or...

06 Mar

-HFNJ releases Annual Bulletin

2018 was a banner year in our fight against hunger. Securing new laws to feed more kids. Halting harmful federal efforts to cut food assistance. Forging statewide solutions to hunger for college students, seniors and others. Launching a new brand to leverage our ability to shine the spotlight on hunger issues. These are all results Hunger Free New Jersey – along with its many partners – realized in 2018.  Read HFNJ’s Annual Bulletin 2018. ...

04 Mar

-Report makes case for boosting SNAP

A new national report shows how SNAP benefits are inadequate for most households and the benefits of boosting SNAP. The Food Research & Action Center, our national partners, recently released report finds that the monthly SNAP benefits enhance the food purchasing power of eligible low-income individuals and families. However, as described by many studies, including one by the Institute of Medicine, the greatest shortcoming of SNAP is that benefits for most households are not enough to get through...

17 Jan

-SNAP benefits issued early

Amid the government shutdown, the roughly 730,000 New Jersey residents who rely on the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, (SNAP, aka food stamps) will receive their full February benefits early. The benefits are being issued today. A provision in the budget bill, which expired Dec. 21, allows the federal government to make certain payments up to 30 days after the budget’s end. Families will need to budget to ensure the benefits stretch through February. We are joining with the New Jersey Department of Human...

05 Dec

-Work rules dropped from farm bill

Great news! Congressional leaders reportedly said harsh work requirements will not be included in the farm  bill. This proposal would have denied food assistance to thousands of New Jersey residents. With your help, we have been fighting this proposal for months. We thank all who sent messages to our Congressional representatives, shared on social media and otherwise added their voice to the mix in speaking out against this punitive plan. We all want people to find good jobs. But taking food away...

27 Nov

-SNAP for college kids

The New Jersey Department of Human Services has announced new rules that will allow more hungry college students to receive federal food aid. We joined the Murphy Administration officials last week to announce the expansion of food assistance to career and technical education students at community colleges — a top priority for Hunger Free New Jersey. This change will benefit an estimated 67,000 college students — many of whom face the terrible choice of continuing their education or putting food on...

19 Nov

-Lisa talks college hunger with NJTV

HFNJ Outreach Director Lisa Pitz highlights hunger on college campuses in this great segment by NJTV. A growing number of college students face hunger as they struggle to complete their studies. Recently-introduced legislation — Hunger Free Campus Act — promises to help reduce college hunger. Lisa talks about the problem and solutions, while highlighting the Center for Food Action’s pantry at Bergen County Community College. View and share the video. ...

08 Nov

-Vets rely on food stamps

As the nation prepares to observe Veterans Day, a new report finds that 15,000 New Jersey veterans rely on federal assistance to put food on the table – aid that is threatened under a Congressional proposal that would deny help to thousands of New Jersey residents, including veterans. The Center for Budget Policy and Priorities’ just released data show that 5 percent of New Jersey’s 335,000 veterans rely on the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP, formerly food stamps) to...

18 Sep

-New video series highlights SNAP & workers

A new video from our partners at the Center for Budget & Policy Priorities highlights why working people need SNAP food aid. As Congress continues to consider proposals that would cut SNAP and millions of Americans who rely on this critical food assistance, the Center for Budget & Policy Priorities released a compelling series of videos that show why regular, working Americans rely on SNAP to put food on the table. This is a great resource to educate the public and policymakers...