TRENTON, NJ – The New Jersey Anti-Hunger Coalition is pleased to announce it has received a $10,000 grant from the Food Research and Action Center (FRAC) to support its anti-hunger work throughout the Garden State. These funds will help support NJAHC’s work to raise awareness about the extent of hunger and poverty in our state and move closer to the ultimate goal of ending hunger within our communities.
The grant will enable NJAHC to intensify its effort to expand use of the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, or SNAP, as well as increase child nutrition efforts such as school lunch and breakfast, afterschool, and summer food programs. The grant will also be critical in allowing NJAHC to further advocate for key changes in federal, state and local policy and practice in nutrition programs and to engage in public policy research and analysis; raise awareness of the extent of hunger and poverty in New Jersey; and to enhance the role of federal nutrition programs as a solution to that hunger and poverty.
“Sometimes it is hidden behind closed doors, but hunger is a serious problem in New Jersey,” says NJAHC director Adele LaTourette. “Many of our neighbors struggle with hunger on a daily basis and that’s why we’re working to ensure that our most vulnerable neighbors – including seniors, working families, children, individuals with disabilities and those who are homeless –have enough food to get by. We are pleased to have FRAC as such a strong supporter and partner in our work to end hunger.”
More than 805,000 people in New Jersey depend on SNAP benefits to put food on the table, including more than 100,000 seniors, according to the most recent figures from FRAC. In 2012 New Jersey had the third highest percentage increase in SNAP participation in the nation compared to the year before.
NJAHC is a program of the Center for Food Action based in Englewood. NJAHC is committed to ending hunger in New Jersey through education, advocacy and activism.
FRAC is the leading national nonprofit organization working to improve public policies and public-private partnerships to eradicate hunger and undernutrition in the United States. FRAC works with hundreds of national, state and local nonprofit organizations, public agencies, corporations and labor organizations to address hunger, food insecurity, and their root cause, poverty.
SNAP is the first line of defense against hunger in our state and in our nation. No cuts, no caps to SNAP