Congress Votes to Cut SNAP (food stamps)
February 4, 2014 - Congress passed a Farm Bill that cuts the food stamp program (SNAP) by $8 billion. Nationally, about 850,000 households will lose about $90 in monthly benefits as a result. According to Feeding America, low income households will lose about 34 meals per month.
In New Jersey, an estimated 159,000 low-income people will see a reduction in much-needed benefits.
See how your member of Congress voted HERE.
Chef Tom Colicchio Says "No One Should Go Hungry"
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.
Much of the progress can be credited to the work of the "NJ Food for Thought Campaign", which was launched in September 2011 by the New Jersey Anti-Hunger Coalition (NJAHC) and Advocates for Children in New Jersey (ACNJ).
“This is great for students across the state,” said Adele LaTourette, director of the Anti- Hunger Coalition and co-chair of the NJ Food for Thought School Breakfast Campaign. “Hunger is a major barrier to learning. This progress means that more students have a better chance of succeeding in school.”
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
November 21, 2013 - Charity Alone Can't Pick Up Food Stamp Slack: Editorial, Star Ledger
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.