Hunger in the United States is a continual problem in our day and must be ended.

 

In central New Jersey and across the nation, the numbers of people facing "food insecurity" (those without an assured ability to acquire nutritious foods in socially acceptable ways) is growing.  One in 7 Americans are considered "food insecure", the highest number in decades.

 

Of the 49.1 million people living in food insecure households (up from 36.2 million in 2007), 32.4 million are adults (14.4 percent of all adults) and 16.7 million are children (22.5 percent of all children).

 

10.3 percent of New Jersey households are food insecure.

 

In central New Jersey those in need are our own neighbors.  Senior citizens on fixed incomes, single parent families, the unemployed and the working poor are among those who struggle to make ends meet.  They are young and old, living in families or alone.

 

Of the thousands of hot meals served in our soup kitchen in 2009, 11 percent of the people we served were children and 59 percent were 50 and older.

 

Because of the high cost of living in New Jersey a family of four needs twice the income of the federal poverty line of $20,000 to be self-sufficient.

 

1.7 million people, a fifth of the state's population, are considered poor, they earn less than the federal poverty line.

 

We seek to do our share in stamping out this outrageous situation.  Join us in this effort!