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10 May

-Gov. Murphy signs anti-hunger package

Hunger Free NJ Director Adele LaTourette joins Gov. Phil Murphy, Assembly Speaker Craig Coughlin and others at a bill signing today in Trenton. The package of bills promises to reduce hunger in the Garden State. The package includes bills aimed at reducing college hunger, raising awareness of hunger, helping people find assistance and reducing food waste. Among the bills was the Campus Free Hunger Act, which will establish a $1 million fund to help colleges implement comprehensive solutions to campus hunger, including...

25 Apr

-New rules boost SNAP aid

New Jersey Department of Humans Services implements changes to boost SNAP aid to disabled and elderly. The department just announced that New Jersey residents who receive social security, food assistance through the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) and Lifeline Utility Assistance through the New Jersey Division of Aging Services may be eligible for additional benefits. The Lifeline Utility Assistance program provides a $225 annual benefit to eligible individuals to help meet heating and cooling needs. Based on the department’s ability to match...

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...

10 Apr

– CFA Blog: Senior Hunger and Your Mother

Customer experience pioneer Jeanne Bliss in her latest book “Would You Do That to your Mother?” urges companies to make business personal by asking: “Would you do that to your mother?”  The idea is that companies should treat their customers as well as they would treat their mother.  She recommends steps ranging from “Be the person I raised you to be” to “Put others before yourself.” April is Senior Hunger Awareness Month and when we look at all the statistics about seniors and food...

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...

25 Feb

-Hunger-Free Campus Act passes Senate!

The Hunger-Free Campus Act, (A-4702/S-3239), which promises to address hunger among college students, heads to governor’s desk for his signature. The legislation would establish a grant program to help colleges address college hunger. In order to be deemed a “hunger-free campus,” the institution would be required to: Establish a hunger task force that meets a minimum of three times per academic year to set at least two goals with action plans, Designate a staff member responsible for assisting students with enrollment...

19 Feb

-NJ Spotlight covers FRAC school breakfast scorecard

A great article from NJ Spotlight about the Food Research & Action Center’s recent report, showing New Jersey headed in the wrong direction on serving school breakfast to low-income students. Read the coverage. Despite the bad news, we’re very confidence we will begin climbing back up the school breakfast ranks, once high-poverty schools begin to comply with a new law that requires any school with at least 70 percent of low-income students to serve breakfast after the bell —...

15 Feb

-What Does Hunger Look Like?

Take a moment to look around your neighborhood, chances are most of your neighbors live in a nice home, drive a decent car, maybe have a have pet or two and have some form of income.  How could food insecurity be an issue here, in beautiful Bergen County? I have long supported food relief programs within the United States, it was not until I became an employee of CFA that I became fully aware of how pervasive hunger is in...

13 Feb

-NJ slips in school breakfast ranks

New state law promises improvement New Jersey is heading in the wrong direction when it comes to providing school breakfast to low-income students, many of whom routinely face hunger, according to a national report released today. The state dropped from 19th to 21st place in the Food Research and Action Center’s (FRAC) annual School Breakfast Scorecard. Since 2011, New Jersey schools had made steady progress in reaching more hungry children through the federal School Breakfast Program, but...

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