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Trying to Tackle Hunger in Garden State with Legislation

State officials estimate that 13 percent of New Jersey residents are affected by ‘food insecurity’

A slate of 14 bills designed to combat hunger in New Jersey is making its way through the state Assembly.

The bills, approved Thursday by the Human Services Committee, include a measure that allows supermarkets and grocery stores to sell alcoholic beverages for off-premises consumption to entice them to build in underserved food markets, and another urging large food retailers to cut waste.

State officials estimate that 13 percent of state residents are affected by food insecurity.

Assembly Speaker Craig Coughlin (D-Middlesex) said he anticipates the full assembly will approve the bills in mid-December.

Read the full story on NJTV News Online, a content partner of NJ Spotlight.

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