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04 Jun

– Believe In Tomorrow

Recently our friends at Hunger Free New Jersey hosted a round-table 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.  The event was moderated by celebrity chef and anti-hunger activist Tom Colicchio and the participants included members of Congress, assemblymen, heads of non-profits from all over NJ along with some very brave women, who rely on social services to help them...

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...

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 —...

04 Dec

State legislation advances to fight hunger

An Assembly panel last week approved a package of 14 bills aimed at addressing hunger in New Jersey. Led by Assembly Speaker Craig Coughlin, who has made hunger a top priority, the effort promises to curb hunger on college campuses, connect people with food assistance, raise awareness of hunger in New Jersey, reduce food waste and provide more healthy shopping options for people living in “food deserts.’’ The measures now head to the full Assembly, with a vote expected on Dec. 17. We’re...

16 Oct

–Speak out against harmful rule!

The Trump Administration has proposed a rule that would deter legal immigrants from seeking help for themselves and their children. The rule would make it even more difficult for immigrants to stay in the U.S. legally if they sought help through federal nutrition, housing and health programs. The rule will increase poverty, harm health and learning and weaken our communities. Hunger Free New Jersey, along with our national partners, is submitting comments opposing this rule. Please join us. Anyone can submit comments....

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...

04 Sep

-Sign our Protect SNAP Letter

Congress is back in session after the summer break and negotiations over SNAP and the Farm Bill will heat up quickly. Tomorrow, Sept. 5, the first meeting of a the farm bill conference committee, consisting of certain House and Senate members. We need to send a strong message that they must protect and strengthen SNAP – not cut it the way the House Farm Bill proposes. The New Jersey Anti-Hunger Coalition is circulating a sign-on letter for organizations. Please...

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