Pandemic in NJ forces 1.2 million to become ‘food insecure,’ report says

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Number surges by 56% this year, higher than national rate due to hard-hit hospitality and leisure industries

By Jon Hurdle, NJSpotlight

The number of New Jerseyans who have uncertain access to healthy food is expected to increase by more than 50% by the end of this year because of the pandemic, bringing the total of “food insecure” people to 1.2 million, or 13.5% of the population, according to a report issued on Wednesday.

For children, the projected increase is even bigger, at 75%, bringing the total to 365,000, the report said.

The Community Food Bank of New Jersey, the state’s biggest food bank, said the New Jersey increase is 10 percentage points bigger than the national average, and greater than the rises reported for Pennsylvania, Delaware and New York.

New Jersey’s projected increase is 56% from the pre-pandemic level of 774,000 food-insecure people. That exceeds a 46% national increase, as well as the 45% rises for both New York and Pennsylvania.


Posted: October 1st, 2020 | Author: | Filed under: COVID-19, New Jersey | Tags: , , , , , | 3 Comments »

3 Comments on “Pandemic in NJ forces 1.2 million to become ‘food insecure,’ report says”

  1. BroadwayBill said at 7:38 am on October 1st, 2020:

    And thank you Donnie for not doing anything about stopping a global pandemic from bringing down our economy and endaring thousands of American lives!

  2. BroadwayBill said at 7:44 am on October 1st, 2020:


    Thank you to all of those people who sold out this country because you thought some guy with no experience would be a better candidate just because you hated Hillary so much! I didn’t like her either, but you people were too busy chanting “locking her up” to care!

  3. @BroadwayBill said at 9:06 am on October 1st, 2020:

    Your TDS is showing. Let’s not make a post about helping people political.

    Oh, and stop listening to Joe Biden & the #fakenews MSM.

    Even Fauci has said Trump did great.