The Community Relation Committee of the Jewish Federation of Greater Metrowest organized a press conference to launch a photo exhibit, “NJ Soul of Hunger: The Hidden Reality of Hunger among Seniors and the Disabled.”
The program featured New Jersey Anti-Hunger Coalition, AARP, NJ Foundation for the aging, Community FoodBank of NJJN, Rabbi Cooper of Bobrow Kosher Pantry, Assemblywoman Sheila Oliver, CRC, Mazon – Jewish response to hunger, and a senior who took pictures of her experience.
The Jewish Family Services of MetroWest and Central helped create the exhibit that was sponsored by the NJ Anti-Hunger Coalition. More than 1 million people in NJ are food insecure. Almost 900,000 receive SNAP (the supplemental nutrition assistance program), but only 34% of hungry seniors receive SNAP. The conference provided an insight and awareness of hunger insecurity in our community and ways that residents can work together to bring about meaningful change.