Community FoodBank of New Jersey Special Report: COVID-19’s Impact on Hunger in New Jersey

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Deep dive into pandemic’s effects surfaces troubling food insecurity statistics
HILLSIDE, NJ—September 30, 2020

Today, the Community FoodBank of New Jersey (CFBNJ) released a special report about
the impact of COVID-19 on hunger in New Jersey. The report, titled “COVID-19’s Impact
on Food Insecurity in New Jersey,” uses statistical projections from Feeding America to
examine anticipated increases to food insecurity across the state in 2020 and to advance
recommendations for the public and nonprofit sectors to address this urgent need.

Among its findings is one particularly troubling discovery, that New Jersey is expected to
experience greater hardship than neighboring states and the nation as a whole. The number of New
Jerseyans struggling with hunger is projected to rise by 56% as a direct result of COVID-19, 10
percentage points higher than the national average and the anticipated increases in New York,
Pennsylvania, and Delaware. This increase in food insecurity is largely driven by disproportionate
unemployment in certain industries, such as leisure and hospitality, which has hit especially hard
in certain parts of the state.

“In less than a year, COVID-19 is erasing nearly a decade of advancement towards food
security in New Jersey and nationwide,” said Carlos Rodriguez, President & CEO of the
Community FoodBank of New Jersey. “It’s clear from the data presented in this report that no
part of our state will be spared from the pandemic’s effects on hunger. The public, private, and
nonprofit sectors must work together in response to the long-term elevated need that we’re going to
see throughout New Jersey.”

The report also maps the increases in food insecurity across the state’s 21 counties to show which
areas will be the most heavily impacted.

To read the full report, visit

The Community FoodBank of New Jersey (CFBNJ), a member of Feeding America®, has been
delivering food, help and hope across the state for 45 years. Last year, CFBNJ provided
nutritious food for over 66 million meals through its network of more than 1,000 community
partners including pantries, soup kitchens, emergency shelters, mobile pantries, and child and
senior feeding programs throughout the 11 New Jersey counties it directly serves (Atlantic, Bergen,
Cape May, Cumberland, Essex, Hudson, Middlesex, Morris, Passaic, Somerset and Union). For
our hungry neighbors, the Community FoodBank of New Jersey is the powerful agent of change

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