CHECK-OUT HUNGER, an annual front-end awareness and fund raiser for the New Jersey Federation of Food Banks, is back for its 21st year this fall. This campaign, which began in New Jersey, is run at supermarket chains across the northeast to benefit Feeding America Food Banks. It has raised more than $1 Million per year for the New Jersey Federation of Food Banks for four consecutive years.
Legal Services of New Jersey reports that the poverty rate in New Jersey in just two years has jumped from 8.7 to 10.3 percent. The same report says because of the high cost of living in New Jersey, "true poverty" in our state contains anyone living below 200 percent of the official federal poverty level. That equates to about one out of every four adults (more than 2 million people) and includes about one of every three children (600,000 kids) in our state living in true poverty and in need of our services.
Since 1991, millions of people have supported the program at food markets and online at CheckOutHungerNJ.org. To donate online, please click here.