The broad reach of poverty is making news
A new report from the Poverty Research Institute of Legal Services of New Jersey has drawn attention to the large share of New Jersey's population facing real poverty. By comparing census data to the market-cost budgets published in the 2013 Real Cost of Living study, the report finds that nearly one third of New Jersey residents face deprivation. The report also examines variations between official poverty levels and real poverty for a variety of vulnerable demographic groups, with alarming results.
Legislators are taking the Food Stamp Challenge
A growing group of legislators has committed to eating off a Food Stamp budget for one week. The commitment is part of a consciousness-raising initiative to educate legislators and the public about the challenge faced by families who depend on the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP, formerly Food Stamps). From Sept. 8 through Sept. 14 the legislators (numbering 11* as of Sept. 2) will attempt to meet their nutritional needs on a budget of just $4.20/day ($29.40/week). The initiative represents an important commitment by a bi-partisan group of legislators to understand on the experiential level the way that policy decisions impact people's lives. See press coverage on 101.5.
* The list of participating legislators as of Sept. 2 is:
The APN thanks the Fund for New Jersey for its substantial support of our efforts to advance the cause of eradicating poverty in the state.
Annual APN Poverty Summit December 4.
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