Senate President Stephen Sweeney
Deputy Speaker John Burzichelli
Assemblyman Adam Taliaferro

SNJ Today – Senate President Steve Sweeney joined Cumberland County officials and township leaders Tuesday, Oct. 24th, for an anti-hunger event in Bridgeton, Cumberland County.

The event was organized to bring awareness of the hunger situation that is affecting thousands of families in the state. In Cumberland County, the food insecurity rate is 14.3 percent. That means approximately 22,490 people are considered food insecure.

“There is a hunger crisis in New Jersey and in America that leaves far too many people, too many families and too many children without enough food to meet their basic needs,” said Senator Sweeney. “There are thousands of people here in New Jersey that live paycheck to paycheck and make the tough decisions between paying a bill or buying food. I applaud these anti-hunger organizations on their crucial mission to feed those in need and giving families hope.”

“Senator Sweeney and I have been working on this initiative for quite a while, and I thank him for his leadership on this issue,” said Bridgeton Mayor Albert Kelly. “It is so important that we help our citizens who don’t have enough to eat. I have made a commitment to this, and I know Senator Sweeney has as well.”

A recent survey by the Live Healthy Bridgeton Coalition, members of which attended the event, found that in terms of health, those who live in Bridgeton are most worried about the unavailability of fresh and healthy foods and cite “income,” presumably being too low or absent, as “their biggest obstacle to making healthy choices.”

Many also say that they would attend exercise classes or healthy lifestyle courses if they were offered.

Approximately 100 local community members attended the event, including senior citizens, health advocates and members of Bridgeton Mayor Albert Kelly’s church. The event was held at Gateway Community Action Partnerships River’s Edge Center.

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