Hunger continues to threaten the health and well-being of far too many in New Jersey, and the COVID-19 pandemic has only exacerbated longstanding inequities. Community disinvestment and systems of oppression like systemic racism have resulted in disproportionate burdens of food insecurity along geographic lines and by race and ethnicity.
Food insufficiency rates in New Jersey, 2020 – 2023
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Disparities must be addressed to create an equitable opportunity for good health for all.
There are a multitude of exemplary existing initiatives to address hunger in New Jersey, including the federal nutrition programs. With the onset of COVID-19, a diverse array of community organizations and state agencies pivoted quickly to address hunger, providing residents with both food and connections to further services and support.
Yet far more must be done to address this pressing issue. What is needed now is a radically collaborative approach, one harnessing the capabilities and sensitivities of stakeholders across New Jersey’s extensive food system.