School Breakfast Fights Childhood Hunger

Food Stamps (SNAP): A Hand Up, Not a Hand Out

NJAHC's school breakfast advocacy is funded in part through generous grants from Share Our Strength/No Kid Hungry and the Food Research and Action Center (FRAC).  FRAC also provides funds to support NJAHC's advocacy efforts in all federal nutrition programs.  




NJ Moves Up the Ranks in School Breakfast Participation

The new School Breakfast Report Card, issued in January by the national Food Research and Action Center, shows that NJ has moved up the ranks in school breakfast provision from 37th (2012-2013 school year) to 28th (2013-2014) in the nation.  

FRAC School Breakfast Report Card

NJAHC and Advocates for Children in NJ (ACNJ) are co-chairs of the "Food for Thought School Breakfast Campaign", the goal of which is to increase participation in school breakfast among children at risk for hunger. 

Food for Thought: Fourth Annual School Breakfast Report 


What's New.... 

Hunger Crisis NJ: NJAHC hosts a press event in Camden

April 14, 2015 - NJAHC hosted a press event at St. Andrews food pantry in Camden to highlight hunger in that area of the state and to speak out against new, proposed cuts to SNAP (food stamps).  To sign the petition against cuts to SNAP, click here.

Stella2.JPGPictured above: Stella S. shares her personal story with hunger and poverty at the event.  Stells lives on a fixed income (SSI) and the SNAP benefits she gets help her purchase nutritious food.  

To see media coverage of the event:

Courier Post article,, CBS TV

NJAHC on Capitol Hill

March 3, 2015 - NJAHC and our partners spent the day on Capitol Hill educating Congress about hunger in NJ and the need to strengthen SNAP and federal Child Nutrition programs.



NJ Assembly fails to override Christie veto on Food Stamp bill

January 29, 2015 - The state Assembly today failed to override Gov. Chris Christie's veto of a bill that would have restored an average of $90 worth of food stamps to 160,000 senior citizens, disabled citizens and children.  Click here to read the story.

Chef Tom Colicchio joins NJAHC and Faith Leaders to speak out on NJ's hunger crisis

December 15, 2014 - Chef Tom Colicchio, along with the NJAHC and religious leaders from various faiths, gathered at the State House in Trenton to call upon state elected officials to change laws that would make the food stamps program more effective at a press conference hosted by NJAHC.

Click here to see news coverage #hungercrisisNJ.


"New Jersey's Hunger Crisis: Stories from the Front Line": 

October 29, 2014 - NJAHC hosts a press conference in Trenton 

Pictured below: Robert, a speaker at the event, tells the crowd how casino closures have impacted his family.  Robert's wife lost her job and and his hours have been cut to two days a week, forcing his family to get food from an emergency food pantry.  Over 100 people attended the event to highlight the hunger crisis in New Jersey. #hungercrisisNJ


To see more photos of the press event and read full articles:

NJ 101.5

The Times of Trenton, article

Times of Trenton, Op-Ed (11/4/14)

Click here for Press release


Pictured above: Jo Ellen, a senior who lives on Social Security, talks at the press event about struggling to afford food and being denied for SNAP (food stamps).  


Cuts to SNAP (Food Stamps) and application backlogs

are hurting NJ's poor 

September 23, 2014 - Anti-Hunger Advocates Fear Impact of Slow Handling of SNAP Applications

August 23, 2014 - "Trashing the Needy, Again: Editorial", Star Ledger

September 2, 2014 - "Private Groups Can't Make Up for NJ Cuts in Aid to the Poor: Letter to the Editor" from the NJAHC, Star Ledger

New Jersey Jumps to 37th Nationally for School Breakfast


After being nearly last in the nation for years, New Jersey jumped to 37th place for serving more children from low-income families a healthy breakfast at the start of their school day, according to a national report released today. Last year, New Jersey ranked 46th. 

Congressman Pallone Decries Proposed Cuts to Food Stamps (SNAP) 

Pictured below: December 2, 2013 - Congressman Frank Pallone (D-6) with Adele LaTourette (Director of NJAHC) and other anti-hunger advocates at Elijah's Promise in New Brunswick

To read article, click here.  


November 1, 2013 - Over 870,000 struggling NJ residents (10% of the population) will see a reduction in SNAP (food stamps) benefits as of today with the end of a provision in the federal stimulus package (American Recovery and Reinvestment Act/ARRA).   

This includes 364,000 children,  15,900 Veterans and at least 195,000 people who are elderly or disabled.

NJ will also lose out on $90 million in federal dollars as a result of the cuts.


NJAHC, Jon Bon Jovi Soul Foundation and Food Bank of Monmouth and Ocean Counties Host Hunger Awareness Event 


Pictured above: September 30, 2013 - Governor Chris Christie and Tom Colicchio, host of Top Chef, discuss hunger in NJ at an event hosted by the NJ Anti-Hunger Coalition (NJAHC), Jon Bon Jovi Soul Foundation and Food Bank of Monmouth and Ocean Counties at the Count Basie Theatre in Red Bank. The discussion was moderated by MSNBC and Today Show co-anchor Willie Geist.

For more photos and information about the event, click here.