Food insecurity describes a household’s inability to provide enough food for every person to live an active, healthy life. Food insecurity is one way we can measure and assess the risk of hunger. In the United States currently, 1 in 8 people struggle with hunger. Source: www.feedingamerica.org/hunger-in-america/food-insecurity
Despite being one of the richest states in the nation, hunger is pervasive across New Jersey. Children, working parents, senior citizens, veterans and others all face hunger.
According to Feeding America’s Map of the Meal Gap, in 2016: One in 10 New Jersey residents were food insecure, meaning they did not have an adequate, consistent supply of food. That translates to more than 919,000 hungry people. It’s even worse for children — 13.5 percent of New Jersey children suffered from hunger, translating to more than 268,000 children. About one-third of these residents earned too much to qualify for nutrition assistance.
FULFILL of Monmouth & Ocean counties:
Fulfill distributes food through a network of over 300 food pantries and soup kitchens in Monmouth & Ocean counties. If you can't locate a pantry near you, contact: 732-918-2600 fulfillnj.org/get-help/#get-food