NJ SNAP is New Jersey’s Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program that can help our friends, family and neighbors with lower incomes afford the groceries they need to feed their families. We are bringing special attention to SNAP during this season of giving where much attention is focused on the importance of food, fellowship and community.
Far too many New Jerseyans struggle to put food on the table for themselves and their families. Today, nearly 900,000 New Jersey residents are food insecure, meaning they do not have consistent access to enough affordable food for their families.
For New Jersey’s children to thrive, learn in school and have a chance at the best possible tomorrow, they need to know they have a reliable source of food. No child should go hungry. No child should face constant anxiety and worry about where their next meal is coming from. Yet, more than 260,000 children in New Jersey are food insecure. SNAP can help.
For older New Jerseyans, it should never be the case that they are forced to choose between paying for food and paying for their prescriptions. Yet, in our state, 200,000 older residents are food insecure. SNAP can help.
For working families with low incomes, SNAP is a vital lifeline that can make the difference in getting families on the best financial footing. Economic opportunity is not just about employment, it is about families having the tools to succeed and grow in the economy. SNAP helps to give families that chance.
NJ Human Services is working with its partners, including grocers, county boards of social services, the faith community, community food banks and food pantries, schools, and other community organizations to raise awareness of SNAP and encourage those struggling to afford groceries to find out if they are eligible for this assistance.
SNAP Awareness Week is another step in our shared goal of ending hunger in New Jersey.
For more information, visit the NJ SNAP website: https://www.nj.gov/humanservices/njsnap/