Hunger Still a Daily Experience for More than 1 Million New Jerseyans

NJ Spotlight News | May 12, 2016 | Social
Some 12 percent of residents -- 17 percent of the state’s children -- are not getting enough to eat to live a healthy life

On any given day in New Jersey, more than 1 million people don’t get enough to eat. And the problem is not limited to a few cities or isolated rural areas, although research indicates that the southern part of the state seems to be suffering most.

“It might be someone who sits next to them at their office, who lives next to them in their neighborhood. I don’t think people have a good feel for who it touches,” said Faye Kuhn, director of volunteer services for the Community FoodBank of New Jersey.

In fact, almost 12 percent of New Jerseyans — 17 percent of children in the state — go hungry. And that stat is barely budging, even as the Great Recession recedes in the rear-view mirror.

A report by the national nonprofit Feeding America indicated that the highest rates of “food insecurity,” not having enough to eat to live a healthy life, are found in the state’s four southern-most counties.

But the highest rate of food insecurity occurs in Essex County, where the food bank struggles to meet the needs of 150,000 residents.

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