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.  




48,000 More NJ Kids are Getting Breakfast at School 

From 2010 to 2013, the number of children receiving free or reduced-priced school breakfast rose 35% from about 136,000 children in October 2010 to nearly 184,000 in April 2013. 

Advocates for Children of NJ and the NJ Anti-Hunger Coalition spearheaded efforts to increase school breakfast participation among low-income children.

To learn more and see how your school district performed, click here: 

Food for Thought: Third Annual School Breakfast Report 


What's New.... 


Chef Tom Colicchio joins NJAHC on Capitol Hill


Pictured above: On June 11th, Tom Colicchio, Chef and executive producer of the documentary, "A Place at the Table" joined NJAHC in DC to talk to legislators about school nutrition standards and the need to keep school meals healthy.  

Survey shows Food Pantries seeing a big increase in people coming for help

New Jersey households to be hit especially hard by recent cuts to SNAP 

An estimated 159,000 low-income households in our state could see an average reduction in food benefits of about $90 per month, as a result of recent changes to SNAP (food stamps) made by Congress.  These changes could start as early as May.

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

To read article, click here.  


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.  


Federal law requires a decrease in benefits for everyone getting SNAP benefits. The cut takes effect on November 1, 2013.  The amount of the decrease depends on your household (HH) size:

HH Size  Monthly Benefits Lost

1                 -$11

2                 -$20

3                 -$29

4                 -$36


SNAP (food stamps) makes a difference in people's lives....

Augustine's story

" has been hard to get work. I have worked for a temp service, but there were problems and the job didn't last long. I am now in school at TASK's Adult Education Program trying to improve my basic skills. Hopefully, this will help me obtain gainful employment.         

I realized that I need help for my family, which is made up of my mother, my two children, and me. My children and I....applied for Food Stamps. It took a little while, but we were approved. Now they basic food which costs a lot and keeps us alive. It helps my family. Food Stamps is a good program to help people get the food they need."