New Report
Hunger and Its Solutions in New Jersey
This report evaluates food insecurity in New Jersey and proposes actionable recommendations to eliminate hunger across the state. Produced with support from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, the aim of this statewide assessment of New Jersey’s existing food access and hunger landscape is to inform stakeholders about which policies, systems changes, cross-sector outreach, and programmatic initiatives would result in the most significant gains in food security.  

FRAC Chat

May 18, 2022
Andrew Cheyne, Deputy Director, SNAP, Food Research & Action Center, and Mia Ives-Rublee, Director for the Disability Justice Initiative, Center for American Progress

Under the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), set in the 1970s, customers are prohibited from purchasing hot or prepared foods at the grocery store. This creates the counterintuitive experience in which consumers can purchase food items like chicken that is raw or frozen, but not a rotisserie chicken.
Rep. Bobby Rush (D-Ill.), a member of the House Agriculture Subcommittee on Nutrition, Oversight, and Departmental Operations, has introduced legislation that would address this issue. With co-sponsors, Rep. Grace Meng (D-NY) and Rep. Brian Fitzpatrick (R-Pa.), the SNAP Plus Act of 2021 (H.R. 6338) would permanently end the prohibition on hot prepared foods in SNAP.

May 17, 2022
Kelsey Boone

With summer fast approaching, and Congress’s failure to extend the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) child nutrition waiver authority –which will significantly limit access to summer meals—, Pandemic EBT (P-EBT ) will be even more important this summer to both school-age and young children.
Children can utilize both the Pandemic EBT program as well as visit meal sites this summer. Summer P-EBT provides benefits to families on an EBT card to purchase food to replace the school meals they lost access to during the summer months. These complimentary programs can help ensure that children have access to healthy, nutritious meals throughout the summer. In the summer of 2021, 47 states, 3 territories, and the District of Columbia distributed an estimated $10.9 billion to families in Summer P-EBT benefits.
On May 9, USDA released its summer 2022 P-EBT guidance, which includes a Q&A, State Plan Template, and Policy Memo

May 12, 2022
Alex Ashbrook, Director of Root Causes and Specific Populations and Allison Lacko, Senior Nutrition Policy and Research Analyst

In recognition of Older Americans Month, FRAC is releasing a two-part blog series on food insecurity among older adults.

Part 1 focuses on food insecurity’s prevalence among older adults as well as its disproportionate rates among Black and Latinx households and examines risk factors that make older adults more likely to experience food insecurity.

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  • Fact Sheet

    Since the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) approved the Colorado and Vermont
    Pandemic EBT (P-EBT) child care plans for school year 2021–2022 in April, a growing number
    of states have been approved. So far, all of the approved plans have used the simple approach to
    calculate the percentage decrease in lunch participation in the Child and Adult Care Food
    Program compared to pre-pandemic levels to set a monthly benefit amount for children younger
    than 6 participating in SNAP.

    Read the Fact Sheet
  • Interactive Data Tool

    New Jersey has a strong existing network of anti-hunger programs and coalitions, each with their own experts, best practices, and lessons learned. A primary goal of a statewide effort to end hunger is to leverage the skills and expertise of the individuals involved in these initiatives and increase coordination among programs. This assets-based approach aims to validate past and
    ongoing work and create a broad base of community and institutional involvement. This publicly accessible catalog will allow communities and institutions to make connections across topic area and place.

    Explore the Asset Map!
  • Report

    Leveraging the federal nutrition programs is a key strategy to help reduce and prevent food insecurity effectively and equitably. In this brief, a supplement to Hunger and Its Solutions in New Jersey: Landscape Analysis of Current Initiatives, Recommended Action, and Emerging Opportunities for Further Investment, FRAC provides further information on the landscape of the federal nutrition programs in New Jersey. 

    Read the brief
  • Advocacy Tool

    The Child Nutrition and WIC Reauthorization Act
    authorizes all of the federal child nutrition programs.
    The child nutrition programs reach millions of
    children each day and improve educational achievement,
    economic security, nutrition, and health. Although most of
    the programs are permanently authorized, about every
    five years, Congress reviews the laws governing these
    programs through the reauthorization process.

    Explored the Advocacy Tool