Recently released data by the Food Research and Action Center shows that in 2015, only 48% of eligible New Jersey seniors participated in SNAP.
Hunger Free New Jersey Director Adele LaTourette says that’s because some students who are eligible for the program aren’t taking advantage of it.
According to a survey, of the 419,000 students attending college in New Jersey, about one-third, or 139,000, are food insecure. Among community college students, 42 percent are facing hunger.
According to the report, young male veterans have higher unemployment rates then similar civilians, which can make it harder for them to afford enough to eat.