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New Jersey
Profile of Hunger, Poverty, and Federal Nutrition Programs
Demographics, Poverty, and Food Insecurity
Population (2018)
Value
Total People
8,908,520
Children (Under Age 18)
1,953,643
Income and Poverty (2017)
Value
Median Household Income
$80,088
Rank Among States (Best to Worst)
3
Total People Living In Poverty
882,673
Poverty Rate
10.0%
Rank Among States (Worst to Best)
45
Children (Under Age 18) Living In Poverty
272,251
Child Poverty Rate
13.9%
Rank Among States (Worst to Best)
38
Total People Living Below 185% of Federal Poverty Level
1,853,122
Food Insecurity and Food Hardship
Value
Number of Households that are Food Insecure (2015–2017, 3-year average)
291,454
Percent of Households that are Food Insecure (2015-2017, 3-year average)
8.6%
Number of Households that are Very Low Food Secure (2015–2017, 3-year average)
101,670
Percent of Households that are Very Low Food Secure (2015–2017, 3-year average)
3.0%
Percent of Households Struggling Against Food Hardship (2016-2017, 2-year average)
13.2%
Federal Nutrition Programs
School Breakfast Program (School Year 2017–2018)
Value
Average Daily Student Participation
324,368
Free and Reduced-Price Students
267,998
Paid Students
56,370
Change in Free and Reduced-Price Participation in Last 10 Years
115.8%
Free and Reduced-Price Students Participating in School Breakfast per 100 in School Lunch
59.1
Rank Among States (Best to Worst)
21
Additional Free and Reduced-Price Students Served if Reached School Breakfast to Lunch Ratio of 70:100
49,656
Additional Federal Dollars State Would Receive if Participation Ratio Reached 70:100
$14,057,614
Number of Schools Participating
2,172
Schools Offering School Breakfast per 100 Offering School Lunch
82.6
Federal Funding for School Breakfast
$95,616,657
School Breakfast Mandate in State Law (Yes/No)
Yes
National School Lunch Program (School Year 2017–2018)
Value
Average Daily Student Participation
690,291
Free and Reduced-Price Students
453,791
Paid Students
236,500
Number of Schools Participating
2,630
Federal Funding for School Lunch
$260,808,785
Summer Nutrition Participation (July 2017)
Value
Average Daily Summer Nutrition Participation in July
101,138
July Summer Food Service Participation
74,827
July National School Lunch Participation in Free and Reduced-Price Lunch
26,312
Change in Average Daily Summer Nutrition Participation in Last 10 Years
0.0%
Summer Nutrition Participation as a Ratio to Regular Year Free and Reduced-Price School Lunch Participation
23.7
Rank Among States (Best to Worst)
6
Additional Low-Income Children Served if Reached Ratio of 40:100
69,427
Additional Federal Dollars State Would Receive if Reached Ratio of 40:100
$5,234,774
Number of Summer Food Service Sponsors
116
Number of Summer Food Service Sites
1,372
Federal Funding for Summer Food Service Program
$11,099,264
SNAP/Food Stamp Program
Value
Average Monthly Participation (Individuals) (FY 2018)
760,303
Change in Participation in Last 5 Years (FY 2013–FY 2018)
-13.2%
Average Monthly Benefit per Person (FY 2018)
$111
Participation Rate of Eligible Persons (FY 2016)
81.0%
Rank Among States (Best to Worst)
35
Participation Rate of Eligible Working Poor (FY 2016)
69.0%
Program Access Index (PAI) - Ratio of SNAP Participants to Low-Income Population (CY 2017)
68.7%
Annual Federal Funding for SNAP/Food Stamps (FY 2018)
$84,387,856
Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children (WIC) (FY 2018)
Value
Average Monthly Participation
141,559
Women
33,244
Infants
33,770
Children
74,545
Change in Average Monthly Participation in the last 10 Years (FY 2008–FY 2018)
-11.0%
Federal Funding for WIC
$139,011,394
Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP) (FY 2017)
Value
Number of Participating Family Child Care Homes
436
Family Child Care Home Average Daily Participation of Children
2,300
Change in Family Child Care Daily Participation in Last 10 Years
-29.9%
Number of Participating Child Care Centers (Includes Head Start)
1,245
Child Care Center Average Daily Participation of Children (Includes Head Start)
71,808
Change in Center Daily Participation in Last 10 Years
26.4%
Federal Funding for CACFP
$82,696,456
The Emergency Food Assistance Program (TEFAP) (FY 2017)
Value
Federal Entitlement Funding
$6,292,903
Federal Bonus Commodity Funding
$7,739,808
Administrative Funding
$2,055,390
Commodity Supplemental Food Program (CSFP) (FY 2017)
Value
Average Monthly Participation
4,163
Federal Funding for CSFP
$1,272,904
State Economic Security Policies
Minimum Wage (2019)
Value
State Minimum Wage
$8.85
Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) (2018)
Value
State EITC (Yes/No)
Yes
Refundable (Yes/No)
Yes
Temporary Assistance to Needy Families (TANF)
Value
Average Monthly Participation (FY 2018)
26,300
Adults
5,996
Children
20,304
Maximum TANF Benefit, Single-Parent Family of Three (FY 2018)
$454
Federal and State Funding for Cash Assistance (FY 2017)
$96,528,608