All around the state of New Jersey, grateful citizens spent some of their Thanksgiving holiday helping to prepare meals for the less fortunate. The Trenton Area Soup Kitchen has been providing food and support to individuals in need for the past four decades.
Their big event of the year is their Thanksgiving feast. They had everything from turkey and stuffing to mashed potatoes and pumpkin pie to give out to those in need. As a result of inflation and rising prices, many people in New Jersey simply cannot afford these goods.
1 in 12 households in New Jersey experienced food insecurity between 2018 and 2020, according to recent research. Hunger Free New Jersey reports that a 23 percent spike in SNAP enrollment occurred during the COVID-19 outbreak.
The participation rates for SNAP and WIC are “staggeringly challenging,” according to State Assembly Speaker Craig Coughlin. 81 and 58 percent, respectively.
To him, that sum should include anybody who has a genuine need. Each year for the past six, the Trenton Area Soup Kitchen has provided Thanksgiving supper for 1,200 families. Approximately 4,000 people per year commit to being a part of the program on their own time.