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SNAP

12 Jun

Send a message to lawmakers

New Jersey lawmakers are considering a resolution that would include $2.1 million in the upcoming state budget to increase SNAP food aid for our state’s most impoverished elderly and people with disabilities. Through a targeted utility assistance initiative, this proposal would provide critical food aid to some of New Jersey’s most vulnerable residents. Many worthy causes compete for limited state dollars. When we all speak up, we have a better chance that legislators will make hunger a priority. We’ve made it...

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...

10 May

Why aren’t more eligible NJ seniors using federal food assistance?

BY Leah Mishkin, Correspondent, NJTV| May 9, 2019, 4PM EST CLICK HERE TO WATCH VIDEO Volunteers at Center for Food Action’s location in Saddle Brook are bagging emergency kits for people in need of food. Normally, clients come in once a month for groceries. Advocate Grace Brockel says more than 50% of the people they see are seniors. “Many of the seniors who come in don’t reach out to family members. Many of the children don’t even know it’s difficult for them to...

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...

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...

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