Hunger and food insecurity are significant problems facing our country and our community, but Table to Table’s ability to solve the problem is significant as well. Over 100 billion pounds of food (or 40% of the food available for human consumption in the United States) is literally thrown out each year. Each day we redistribute nutritious, wholesome food that would otherwise be wasted at no cost to either the food donors or the recipient agencies we serve.
In 2016, we rescued enough food for more than 17 million meals. Because we deliver food at no cost to the agencies that receive it, precious dollars that these organizations would otherwise spend on food and its transportation can be reallocated for the educational, rehabilitative and therapeutic programs intrinsic to their missions.
Hunger in New Jersey
- Although the fourth wealthiest state in the nation, there are numerous areas of Northeast New Jersey where the poverty level far surpasses the national average.
- One-third of New Jersey’s residents do not earn enough to afford the basic necessities of food and housing.
- One-third of the state’s employed residents live below the poverty level.
- The number of children living in poverty in New Jersey continues to rise since 2009.
- In 2014, 646,000 children – about 1/3 of the children residing in the state – lived in poverty.
- More than half of the kids in New Jersey living in poverty reside in the 4 counties served by Table to Table
- Children who suffer from poor nutrition during the brain’s most formative years score much lower on tests of vocabulary, reading comprehension, arithmetic, and general knowledge.