Atlantic County

     

Atlantic Staff at Inservice
June 2012

Overview

Population of 275,862 (2013 Census Estimate)

  • Total area of 555.70 sq. miles – 494.1 persons per square mile – Atlantic County is the 15th most populous of the state’s 21 counties.
  • Per Capita income - $27,391
  • 14.4% of the population is below the poverty level.
  • 71.4% White, 18.2% Hispanic, 17.3% African American, 8.1% Asian – in terms of diversity, Atlantic County differs slightly from the population of New Jersey.  

USDA SNAP Participating Families

  • As of August 2013, Atlantic County had 21,875 households (24,163 adults and 19,896 children) receiving SNAP benefits.  This is a 4.2% increase from one year ago.
  • 47% if the youth in Atlantic County are receiving free or reduced price lunch.
  • 22% if youth living in Atlantic County are living in poverty.
  • The two highest need areas in the County are Pleasantville and Atlantic City.  

The SNAP-Ed project addresses the following needs for limited resource individuals in Atlantic County.

  • Inability to have SNAP benefits and food budget last through the month
  • Limited food preparation and food storage facilities
  • High reliance on convenience foods and fast food restaurants
  • Limited nutrition and food safety knowledge
  • High consumption of high fat foods and low consumption of fruits, vegetables and dairy products

Non Duplication

  • Education will occur in the following schools, where at least 50% of the students receive free or reduced price lunches:  Leeds Avenue School, North Main Street School, South Main Street School, Washington Avenue School, Pleasantville Middle School, Pleasantville High School, Oceanside Charter School, New York Avenue School, Uptown Complex School, Charles L. Spragg Elementary School, Texas Avenue School, Atlantic City High School, Martin Luther King Elementary School, Pennsylvania Avenue School, Dawes Avenue Elementary, Jordan Road Elementary, Atlantic County Special Services, Egg Harbor City Community School.

Project Objectives

  • To promote the SNAP-Ed Project and its statewide mission.  To increase food security through nutrition education programs to the SNAP-eligible population, resulting in improved dietary habits, food purchase and food preparation practices and improved eating behaviors.
  • To improve and increase collaboration among existing agencies that currently work with low-income audiences, other governmental agencies, nonprofit organizations and private enterprises.
  • To improve the nutrition education services available to SNAP program participants in Atlantic County.

Project Activities 

  • To provide behaviorally focused, learner-driven, outcome-based nutrition education adult and senior SNAP recipients (English and Spanish speaking) via lessons that have been approved by the state nutrition specialist(s).
  • To assess present and future needs for nutrition education in Atlantic County
  • To distribute and disseminate information about SNAP-Ed and specific nutrition education opportunities and activities available to the target population(s)
  • To provide nutrition education that will assist in improving the dietary habits, food safety practices, and the eating behaviors of youth in schools where at least 50 percent of the students receive free or reduced price lunches and are not serviced by EFNEP.   This will be done through the delivery of age-appropriate, behaviorally focused nutrition education lessons that are approved by the state nutrition specialist(s)

Evaluation

  • The evaluation methodology that is used includes an overall measurement of the impact of nutrition education amongst the population of SNAP program participants.  The WebNEERS  reporting system is used to enter Pre and Post Diet surveys.  An evaluation report of the project will be submitted for possible publication in a peer reviewed Nutrition and/or Family Consumer Sciences journal.

 

Collaborative Relationships

AtlantiCare Teen Center
Atlanticare Healthy Schools Healthy Kids
Atlantic City Board of Education
Atlantic City Housing Authority
Atlantic County Special Services School District
Cape Atlantic Coalition for Health
Community Food Bank of NJ
Department of Family & Community Development
Department of Human Services
Egg Harbor City Board of Education
John Brooks Recovery Center
NJ Youth Corp.
Oceanside Charter School
Pleasantville Board of Education
Pleasantville Housing Authority
DCFS Project Teach
RCE of Atlantic County
United Way - Success by Six
Southern NJ Peritnatal Cooperative

 

Contact
Christine Zellers
Senior Program Coordinator Southeast Region
Netowrk Coordinator Southern New Jersey
Atlantic County SNAP-Ed
RCE of Atlantic County
25 Dolphin Avenue
Northfield, NJ  08225
Phone:  (609) 645-7700 x 4731
Fax:  (609)  645-5828
Email: zellers@njaes.rutgers.edu