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Hunger in New Jersey

  • The number of households in NJ experiencing food hardship increased from an average of 7.7% in 2004-2006 to 11.5% in 2007-2009.(USDA, November 2010)
  • As of 2010, 1,101,570 people live in food insecure households in NJ.

(Map the Meal Gap, Feeding America and Community Food Bank of NJ, March 2011)

  • 42% of the members of households in New Jersey served by the emergency food are children under 18 years old (up from 33% in 2006); 8% of the members of households are children age 0 to 5 years.* 
  • Among households with children served, 83% are food insecure (up from 77% in ’06), and 37% are food insecure with very low food security.* 
  • 49% of emergency food clients in NJ report having to choose between paying for food and paying for utilities or heating fuel. (40% in ’06); 48% had to choose between paying for food and paying their rent or mortgage (up from 39% in ’06); 34% had to choose between paying for food and paying for medicine or medical care. (up from 31% in ’06)*

*(NJ Federation of Food Banks hunger survey, February 2010)


Bergen And Passaic Counties are very similar

  •         166,460 People are food insecure (Source Feeding America)
  •         Cost to meet Food Need: $76,858,370 (Source Feeding America)
  •         Average Cost to Provide a Meal $2.54 (Source Feeding America)
  •         Donations of Food and dollars has been decreasing since 2009 (CFA)
  •         Unemployment 8.9%  (U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics) increased over 2010
  •         Pantries remain challenged with increasing client base


What help is available for people who cannot afford food for themselves and their families?

There are government programs and charitable organizations available to those in need. To find out more about federal and state programs that help hungry New Jersey residents, click here. To find a list of charitable organizations, (food pantries, soup kitchens and shelters) click here.

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