NJ food banks see overwhelming demand amid COVID-19 pandemic

Many residents are in line at the food bank for the first time in their lives

Winter months are often a time of greater need, but COVID-19 has piled on the struggles for many families. An increasing number of New Jersey residents find themselves in line at the food bank for the first time in their lives, and across the state more than 1.2 million people are considered food-insecure. Some food pantries are reporting double, even triple, the amount of traffic since the pandemic began.

Coupled with difficulty raising money in the best of times, the state’s food banks have been stretched to the limit this year. NJ Spotlight News contributor Jon Hurdle and Carlos Rodriguez, president and CEO of the Community FoodBank of NJ, join Anchor Briana Vannozzi for a deeper look at the issue.

Support for “Hunger in NJ” has been provided by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.