Hunger can be classified as food insecurity and lack of available/edible food.
Despite the wealth of New Jersey, various veterans, children, senior citizens, and college students around the state deal with hunger. In 2017 Feeding America estimated that nearly 865,000 New Jerseyans were going hungry.
13.2% of children in New Jersey struggle with hunger.
⅓ of NJ Residents who go hungry earned too much to qualify for assistance .
SNAP participation in NJ (food stamps) is declining despite the obvious need.
The average aid from SNAP is $142.
An increasing amount of students are requiring school breakfasts growing 65% from 2010-2018.
More than half of at risk students were not participating in SNAP in 2016.
10% of senior citizens in NJ were at risk of going hungry in 2017.
According to a survey conducted by the National Association of Student Personnel Administrators, hunger is the 3rd most important issue impacting college campuses.
About 815 million people are malnourished around the globe, most visibly children.
Poor nutrition can lead to developments of disease, and even death.
Many of the impoverished live in lower-middle class countries, however it is estimated that 11 million of those people live in fully developed countries.
Sources 1. “World Hunger Statistics.” Food Aid Foundation, www.foodaidfoundation.org/world-hunger-statistics.html. 2. “World Hunger, Poverty Facts, Statistics 2018.” World Hunger News, www.worldhunger.org/world-hunger-and-poverty-facts-and-statistics/#hunger-number. 3. "Hunger Pervasive in Garden State." Hunger Free New Jersey, https://hungerfreenj.org/wp-content/uploads/2019/11/HungerInNJ.pdf.