(TRENTON) – Assemblywoman Mila Jasey joined fellow legislators and various community leaders last week in the Food Stamp Challenge to underscore the difficulties many New Jersey families on state assistance face and the importance of programs such as SNAP are to ensuring healthy meals for families on a fixed income:
“I am honored to have been asked to participate in the Food Stamp Challenge. Last week proved to be an eye-opening experience.
“On such a stringent, meager budget of $4.20 a day, an individual’s options are limited.
“There is also the issue of access to transportation for many who must travel outside of their communities because there are no supermarkets. Families have to plan not only what they can afford to buy by shopping around for sales but also how they will get to the market. Shopping trips must be disheartening for parents wanting to provide the best for their children.
“It is unconscionable that over one million people in New Jersey, many of whom are senior citizens and children, do not have enough to eat. I’m angry that people are hungry in 2014, especially those living in one of the wealthiest states in the country. It is shameful that families have such limited access to healthy, nutritious foods.
“I’d like to thank the Jewish Federation of Greater MetroWest NJ for inviting me to take part in this experience. There is much work to be done to end hunger across New Jersey and throughout the nation.”