The overall rate of food insecurity, 14.5 percent of households, has remained fairly consistent since 2008, when food insecurity levels rose, likely due to the economic downturn.
“In this economy, it can happen to anybody; it’s not a choice,” said Damara, “And getting out is just not that easy …It’s an extremely humbling experience.”
In NJ, 22 percent of households pay more than 50 percent of income for housing, as median home values and rents are among the highest in the country.
Riley said. “You need food pantries, and you need SNAP, and you need school lunch programs. When you cut one, you’re cutting the whole net.”
Amidst concern about an aging population, recent evidence suggests that there is a unique aging trend among the homeless population for single adults and adults in families over the past 20 years.