Bipartisan legislation sponsored by Senator Steve Oroho that would appropriate $10 million in federal funds to support New Jersey food banks has been approved by the New Jersey Senate.
Bipartisan legislation sponsored by Sen. Steve Oroho that would appropriate $10 million in federal funds to support food banks has been approved by the New Jersey Senate. (SenateNJ.com)
“Each day, many New Jersey families struggle to put food on the table, and unfortunately, the pandemic has only exacerbated this problem,” said Oroho (R-24). “The hunger crisis has led even more families to depend on food banks for their survival, and we need to do whatever we can to ensure those organizations can continue to support individuals and families in need.”
The bill, A-5405/S-3527, appropriates $10 million from the federal Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act to the Department of Agriculture for distribution to food banks.
Funds would be appropriated to the following institutions:
- Community Food Bank of New Jersey – $5,200,000
- Food Bank of South Jersey – $1,500,000
- Fulfill Monmouth & Ocean – $1,500,000
- Mercer Street Friends Food Bank – $1,100,000
- Norwescap – $300,000
- Southern Regional Food Distribution Center – $300,000
- Farmers Against Hunger – $100,000.
The legislation would also allocate $100,000 to the New Jersey Agricultural Society-Farmers Against Hunger Program for the collection and distribution of excess food from farms, markets, and other entities to organizations that provide food to individuals in need.
“Over 1.2 million people in this state now suffer from food insecurity, a staggering number than has increased substantially because of COVID-19,” added Oroho. “By lending a helping hand to large food banks across New Jersey, we can help address this hunger crisis head-on.”
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