About Hunger in South Jersey
Currently, in Camden County alone, there are 27,820 food-insecure children, 24% of whom are currently ineligible for federal nutrition programs, and 76% of whom are currently income-eligible for nutrition programs – at least, as of today. Overall in Camden County alone, the total food-insecure population is 77,600.
Food insecure populations in Burlington, Gloucester and Salem counties are equally sobering. Burlington County currently has 52,450 food-insecure residents, of which 17,830 are food-insecure children. Gloucester County holds 13,360 food-insecure children in a total food-insecure population of 36,580 individuals. Suffering the impact of rural hunger, the less populated farmlands of Salem County shows 10,060 food-insecure individuals, of which 3,640 are children – all of which may live more than 10 miles from the nearest grocery store.
HUNGER IN SOUTH JERSEY
Isabel Garcia pulled into the parking lot of the Food Bank of South Jersey with her two young daughters in her car, the worry of her father’s healthy on her mind – and the strength to find a solution. Read Isabel’s full story.