November 8, 2019 | Number of The Day
New Jerseyans who rely on NJ SNAP to help buy groceries

The Trump administration is working on policies that would limit people’s access to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), potentially affecting 68,000 of the 700,000 New Jersey residents who rely on it for help buying groceries.

At a traditional time of bounty for many, New Jersey Human Services Commissioner Carole Johnson this week announced a special focus on combating hunger by connecting families to NJ SNAP. “If you or someone you know regularly struggles to afford food, we urge you to visit njsnap.gov to learn more about how NJ SNAP can help,” Johnson said.

Nearly 900,000 New Jerseyans are considered “food insecure,” meaning they lack regular access to enough affordable food for themselves and their families; they include more than 260,000 children and 200,000 older residents. To amplify the outreach effort, Gov. Phil Murphy has declared Nov. 10-16 as SNAP Awareness Week.

“SNAP is the nation’s first line of defense against hunger,’’ said Adele LaTourette, director of Hunger Free New Jersey. “In New Jersey, roughly three-quarters of eligible residents receive this critical nutrition aid, so there is room for growth.’’