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Downey Statement on DHS Support for Food Assistance, Disabilities Services

(TRENTON) – In response to announcements by the New Jersey Department of Human Services that it will provide $42.4 million in additional food assistance benefits through the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) in October, as well as partner with two new agencies to assist people with physical disabilities, Assemblywoman Joann Downey (D-Monmouth), chair of the Assembly Human Services Committee, released the following statement:

“Food assistance programs and disability service providers share the same goal, helping vulnerable residents improve their quality of life. SNAP is a vital lifeline for families struggling with food insecurity, and it’s become all the more important as we continue to grapple with the COVID-19 pandemic. Personal care services make it easier for those with physical disabilities to work, go to school and volunteer in their communities. We must always invest in and advocate for any program that betters the lives of all New Jerseyans.”