Hunger issues in New Jersey taken on by legislature

David Madden
December 02, 2018 - 4:00 am
New Jersey Hunger



TRENTON, NJ (KYW Newsradio) -- A vote is expected later this month in the New Jersey Assembly on a series of bills that are aimed at addressing the state’s increasing hunger problem.
It's hard to believe that in a place called the “Garden State” one out of eight people lack a consistent food supply, according to Assembly Speaker Craig Coughlin, who says it’s even worse for kids.
“Thirteen-point-five percent of New Jersey’s children suffer from hunger, translating to more than 266,000 people,” Coughlin told reporters at a press conference in Trenton. “They’re your neighbors. They’re friends. They’re people that we all deal with and see on a regular basis.”
The 14 bill package approved in committee this past week tackles the problem on a number of fronts.
“Each of the bills in the package is a meaningful step towards addressing the hunger concerns such as food deserts, poverty, access to state programs and resources and excessive food waste,” Coughlin added.    
The package is likely to be on the docket at the final Assembly voting session this year on December 17.
Senate versions are now in committee. Given the legislative calendar, any final action on the package isn’t likely before early next year.