Local leaders gathered in Trenton Friday in an effort to fight food insecurity. Trenton Area Soup Kitchen hosted the event to raise awareness as part of Hunger Action Day. The soup kitchen provides 10,000 meals a week to people in need. Advocates point to critical federal programs, like SNAP, and say they will push for more federal assistance in the future to take as many people out of poverty and food insecurity.
“We can’t just remember people during Thanksgiving or Christmas. Their needs (are) year-round. And I know that during this pandemic people have been very generous and it has brought out the best to many people, but when the pandemic ends we need to remind people hunger still exist,” said Sen. Shirley Turner (D-Mercer).
Support for Hunger in New Jersey has been provided by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.