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At Community Food Bank of NJ, Fighting Hunger is Personal

The Community FoodBank of New Jersey operates as a large, well-oiled machine. They distribute food to the local organizations that serve these children and others who are hungry --- after school programs, shelters, soup kitchens, pantries and senior feeding programs.

FDA Modifying Ban on Gay Blood Donations

Federal policy changes now permit gay and bisexual men who haven’t had sex for a year to donate blood.

Bill Would Standardize Hospital Contributions For Services

The state Senate is proposing a bill that would standardize how hospitals contribute to their towns. The largest hospital lobbying group in the state supports the bill, citing that it would save years of costly litigation that would be necessary otherwise.

Zadroga Act Extension Ensures Treatment for 9/11 Responders

In New Jersey, 5,166 first responders have been treated, about half at the Rutgers clinic. 1,683 are eligible for compensation, as for instance for lost wages.

Music School Teaches Those With Special Needs

At Octopus Music school instructors teach about 200 students. Approximately 50 are children, teens and adults with special needs. They can take guitar, piano, drums, violin or voice lessons.

The Growing Need for Mental Health Services in New Jersey

One in four people in New Jersey have a mental illness, and of those people only one third receive treatment. More than 985,000 people have an addiction, and of those people only six percent have access to care.

Parental Notification Act Aims to Prevent Opioid Addiction

The Parent Notification Act would require doctors to notify parents when prescribing opioids or other addictive drugs.

Making it Easier for Seniors to Get Food Assistance

Advocates say seniors lose ground every year as energy, housing, taxes and other living expenses increase while the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) loses funds in the farm bill.

Specialty Drugs Cost More Than Most Yearly Incomes

The AARP says the average yearly retail cost of specialty drugs is more than $53,000. That’s more than most households’ yearly income, or twice the household income of Medicare beneficiaries. It’s more than three times the average Social Security benefit.

Redeem-Her Helps Women Get Back on Their Feet

Redeem-Her’s transitional house was launched in 2007 by a former inmate. The non-profit provides support services to women coming out of incarceration and rehab.