“Hunger in NJ” is a series produced by NJTV News and NJ Spotlight on food insecurity, a condition facing thousands of families in New Jersey, often forcing them to choose between paying the bills and putting enough food on the table. Support for “Hunger in NJ” has been provided by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.
Jonathan and Sarah Rios are a young Mercer County couple with a newborn, who know what it’s like to work hard, and also not be able to make ends meet. It’s a struggle, they say, that nearly took its toll on their marriage.
Take what you need, and leave what you can. At the Everittstown United Methodist Church in Hunterdon County, a “Blessings Box” is fulfilling a mission. The mini, outdoor food pantry is stocked with non-perishable items — and human kindness.
The state’s largest food bank is struggling to tackle food insecurity amid the COVID-19 crisis, after supermarket shelves have been left empty by panicked shoppers hoarding the very goods used to feed already vulnerable families.
Oasis: A Haven for Women and Children is a multi-function social service agency that is now devoting all its efforts to feeding those in need.
Leonna Bryant is a community outreach worker at a South Jersey hospital. She’s also a single mom to her fourth grade daughter, Leah. When schools closed in March, their life changed dramatically.
About 85% of children in the Trenton area depend on schools for free or reduced lunches. With schools closed, many families are struggling to fill that gap and their children’s bellies. The Capital Area YMCA has stepped in to meet the needs of the community.
A desire to help started with teacher Shannon King cooking hot meals in her kitchen and then making delivery runs with her friend and school football coach Kris Parker.