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 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.

May 12, 2022
Ellen Vollinger

Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) participants are among those categorically eligible for discounts of up to $30 per month toward internet service. They also can “receive a one-time discount of up to $100 to purchase a laptop, desktop computer, or tablet from participating providers if the household contributes more than $10 and less than $50 toward the purchase price.”

The discounts are provided for households with lower incomes through the new federal Affordable Connectivity Program (ACP). In addition to households with a member participating in SNAP, ACP-eligible households also include those with a member eligible for the National School Lunch Program or National School Breakfast Program , and those in receipt of the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC), Medicaid, SSI (Supplemental Security Income), Pell grants, federal housing assistance, or Lifeline. Households participating in the Food Distribution on Indian Reservations Program (FDPIR) or certain other tribal programs are also ACP-eligible; such households on tribal reservations can receive ACP internet discounts of up to $75 a month.

May 10, 2022
FRAC

April is National Minority Health Month, a time to raise awareness about health disparities related to hunger and access to food that continues to affect people from racial and ethnic minority groups. It’s a time to encourage action through health education, early detection.
In the following video, Beverley Wheeler, director of D.C. Hunger Solutions, and Dr. Ana Caskin, pediatrician, and Associate Director of Community Pediatrics at MedStar Georgetown University Hospital, discussed disparities related to hunger that impact minority communities and the correlation between trauma and hunger for children and their families. They also shared strategies used to maximize the impact of federal nutrition programs.

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  • 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
  • Advocacy Tool

    The federal nutrition programs are a critical safety net for tens of millions of struggling households — including individuals of all ages — by helping them put food on the table during times of need. Investing in hunger prevention and relief makes good fiscal sense.

    Explore the Advocacy Tool