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Almost 12 Percent of New Jerseyans Go Hungry

Erin Delmore / NJTV News

[NVTV News] “Even as the economy has progressed and gotten better, and people have gone back to work, hunger is still a really prevalent problem,” said Diane Riley, director of advocacy for the Community FoodBank of New Jersey.

More than 1 million people in New Jersey don’t get enough food to eat on a daily basis, a startling reality in one of the wealthiest states in the nation.

“It might be someone who sits next to them at their office, who lives next to them in their neighborhood. I don’t think people have a good feel for who it touches,” said Faye Kuhn, director of volunteer services for the Community FoodBank of New Jersey.

Almost 12 percent of New Jerseyans — 17 percent of our children — go hungry. We’re still better than the rest of the nation, but that stats are barely improving.

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See also Hunger in N.J.: Counties hit hardest by food insecurity published by The Star-Ledger on May 9, 2016.