hunger relief

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...

04 Dec

-Adele named among top 100 most powerful NJ women

HFNJ Director Adele LaTourette received well-deserved recognition for her leadership in fighting hunger in New Jersey when she was named on Senator Loretta Weinberg’s Women Power List. This prestigious list includes cabinet members, chiefs of staff, business leaders and many other strong influencers. Adele was recognized for her role in shaping public policy that moves us toward the goal of a hunger-free state. Adele LaTourette has led Hunger Free New Jersey, formerly the New Jersey Anti-Hunger Coalition, since its...

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...

10 Oct

-Join us for the kickoff of #SNAPFeedsNJ Campaign!

On Oct. 25 at 11 a.m., the New Jersey Anti-Hunger Coalition will kick off #SNAPFeedsNJ to fight devastating cuts to federal food assistance. The House of Representatives has already taken the first step in approving this harmful measure, which, if passed, would deny food to tens of thousands of vulnerable New Jersey residents – children, the elderly, people with disabilities, the working poor – worsening hunger that already strikes 1 million New Jersey residents. We all need to speak up to...