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                                  HUNGER IN NEW JERSEY

"With the U.S. and world economies in crisis, more and more families and seniors are living on the edge of poverty and require urgent assistance. Hunger is real, and it is here-in New Jersey's cities and its suburbs, its rural areas and shore towns. 

Consider these statistics:

  • The Community FoodBank of New Jersey reports a 20% increase in the number of people seeking food assistance.
  • According to an article in the Wall Street Journal, the cost of heating a home with natural gas will increase 30% to 50% this winter, while those who use heating oil could face an increase of up to 100%.
  • Statistics from the Community FoodBank of New Jersey indicate that 40% of households receiving food from the organization had to choose between paying for food and paying rent.
  • The Poverty Research Institute reports that one out of every five New Jersey families does not earn enough to afford basic necessities-food, housing, and child care-although 85% of these families have at least one working family member.

The New Jersey Community FoodBank attempts to meet the needs of food insecure individuals and families within each of our communities.  For about one in six Americans, hunger is a reality.  These are often hard-working adults, children and seniors who simply cannot make ends meet and are forced to go without food for several meals, or even days.  About 45% of those struggling with hunger actually have incomes above the federal poverty level."



                                   WORLD HUNGER

Does the world produce enough food to feed everyone?

The world produces enough food to feed everyone. World agriculture produces 17 percent more calories per person today than it did 30 years ago, despite a 70 percent population increase. This is enough to provide everyone in the world with at least 2,720 kilocalories (kcal) per person per day (FAO 2002, p.9).  The principal problem is that many people in the world do not have sufficient land to grow, or income to purchase, enough food. 

What are the causes of hunger?

What are the causes of hunger is a fundamental question, with varied answers. 

Poverty is the principal cause of hunger. The causes of poverty include poor people's lack of resources, an extremely unequal income distribution in the world and within specific countries, conflict, and hunger itself.

Hunger is a term which has three meanings (Oxford English Dictionary 1971)

  • the uneasy or painful sensation caused by want of food; craving appetite. Also the exhausted condition caused by want of food
  • the want or scarcity of food in a country
  • a strong desire or craving


In round numbers there are 7 billion people in the world. Thus, with an estimated 925 million hungry people in the world, 13.1 percent, or almost 1 in 7 people are hungry.