Gov. Phil Murphy has announced that he will direct $20 million from the Coronavirus Relief Fund to New Jersey food banks, which have been assisting families at unprecedented rates during the COVID-19 pandemic. The funding, which comes via the Federal Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act, will be distributed in two portions, with $10 million delivered before August 2020 and $10 million available before December 2020.
The $20 million in CARES Act funding will be distributed by the Department of Agriculture to the state’s six Emergency Feeding Organizations — Southern Regional, Food Bank of South Jersey, Community Food Bank of New Jersey, Mercer Street Friends, Fulfill and Norwescap, a nonprofit serving the low-income population in northwest New Jersey.
The governor also highlighted nearly $390 million in additional federal funding for food assistance that will benefit thousands of families and children as New Jersey continues to grapple with the pandemic. Of the $390 million, the Department of Human Services and Department of Education will begin delivering $208 million in special food-assistance benefits to more than 500,000 school children who would have qualified for free or reduced-price meals during the school year. In addition, the Department of Human Services has delivered more than $180 million in added benefits from federal funding to provide individuals and families who belong to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP).