Health Statistics

Taken from Feeding America

  • There are 46.7 million people living in poverty in the U.S., including 15.5 million children under age 18
  • 48.1 million Americans live in food insecure households, accounting for 14% of all U.S. households
  • 5.4 million seniors (over age 60) are food insecure
  • New Jersey ranks  37 in unemployment  and 26 food insecurity.  As of 2012, there are 1,151,890 people living in food insecure households in NJ.
  • One out of every 5 New Jersey families does not earn enough to afford basic necessities such as food, housing, and child care; although 85% of these families have at least one working parent
  • 77% of Emergency Food Pantry clients have to choose between paying for food and paying utilities or heating fuel
  • 42% of the members in households served by the emergency food system were children under 18
  • In 2014, 906,735 people were participating in the Food Stamp Program (SNAP) in NJ
  • 14% of Camden County  residents are food insecure, or 72,570 people
  • 14% of Salem County residents are food insecure, or 9,210 people