Poverty In New Jersey Is Up
By Alexandra Hill, WBGO News
September 19, 2013
The number of children in New Jersey living in poverty has gone up.
650,000 kids lived in poverty last year, that’s up 19 percent from five years ago. Cecilia Zalkind, Executive Director of Advocates for Children of New Jersey, says the census data shows families need more access to programs that can help them.
“We’re not reaching all eligible children with school breakfast and at this moment the federal government is talking about cuts to snap, these are programs that need to be sustained. Long term I think its way overdue for our state leaders to take a look at poverty and how we can impact immediately and in the future.”
Zalkind says the data demonstrates that low income families are having a far more difficult time coming out of the recession. There is some good news; she says the number of uninsured children in New Jersey down by 30 percent.