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Food Stamped Out In NJ

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Hoboken, New Jersey (My9NJ) -

This month an estimated 1 million New Jerseyans saw their food assistance benefits cut because a temporary boost to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP, commonly known as food stamps) expired at the end of October.

New Jersey’s share of the cut was about $90 million in funding.

Residents and workers at the Hoboken Homeless Shelter are really feeling the pain of these cuts.

“In the beginning of the month our numbers would decrease, because public assistance checks would come out and people have money so they can buy food and I am noticing that now that the food stamp program has been cut, we have more people coming in- we have standing room only in the first week of the month,” Chef Q said. He works as the cook at the shelter three days a week.

Jacklyn Cherubini, Executive Director of Hoboken Shelter, said, “We are serving 3000 meals every week. It is really difficult to figure out how we can serve more meals, because most people who have SNAP, which are mostly known as food stamps they try to figure out how to cook at home as best as they can on a budget and then they come here for dinner,” she said.

To understand who is really affected by these cuts, the Center on Budget Policy and Priorities listed the numbers most affected by food assistance cuts:

· 415,000 Kids

· 15,900 Veterans

· 2/3 of SNAP Recipients are Children, Elderly, and Disabled

Diane Riley, Director of Advocacy for the Community Food Bank of New Jersey said they have seen a 50% increase in calls looking for food assistance. However, their stockpiles are low and they even saw cuts this month of 3% in government assistance.


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