Bergen County


As a result of this project, SNAP residents in Bergen County will improve their behaviors in the areas of food security, dietary quality, food safety, fitness, and food resource management/shopping, through participation in nutrition education that is behaviorally-focused, learner driven and outcome-based.


  • Total Population is 9825,328 (2013 Estimate)
  • Total area of 233.01  sq miles – 3,884.5 persons per square mile - Bergen County is the most populous of the state's 21 counties.
  • Per Capita Income - $43.012
  • 6.1% of the population is below the poverty level (2011)

Demographics (2013) 

  • 59.7% White
  • 17.9% Hispanic
  • 15.9% Asian
  • 6.7 % African American

Target Areas

Hackensack - Population of 44,113 (2013 Estimate)

  • Total area of 4.18 sq miles - 10,289.5 persons per square mile
  • Per Capita income - $30,736
  • 17.1% of the population is below the poverty level; 18.7% of children under age 18 (2009-2013 Census)
  • 35.3% Hispanic, 29.9% White, 24.4% African American, 10.3 % Asian (2010)

Garfield - Population 31,199 (2013 Estimate)

  • Total area of 2.10 sq miles - 14,524.5 persons per square mile
  • Per Capita income - $21,916
  • 14.0% of the population is below the poverty level. (2009-2013 Census)
  • 23.3% of children are under 18. (2010)
  • 58.9% White, 32.2% Hispanic, 6.5% African American

Englewood - Population 27,533 (2013 Estimate)

  • Total area of 4.91 miles – 5,524.4 people per square mile
  • Per Capita Income -$43,529
  • 11.4% of the population is below the poverty level. (2009-2013 Census)
  • 22.2% of children are under age 18.
  • 32.6% African American, 31.2% White, 27.5% Hispanic. (2010)

Lodi - Population 24,5222 (2103 Estimate)

  • Total area of 2.27 sq miles - 10,656.1 persons per square mile
  • Per Capita income - $26,144
  • 13.9% of the population is below the poverty level (2009-2013 Census).
  • 21.3% of children are under age 18 (2010 Census)
  • 52.2% White, 30.5% Hispanic, 8.6% Asian (2010 Census)

Fairview - Population of 14,237 (2013 Estimate)

  • Total area of .84 sq miles - 16,431.1 persons per square mile
  • Per Capita income - $24,489
  • 15.2% of the population is below the poverty level; (2009-2013 Census)
  • 19.6% of children are under age 18 (2010 Census)
  • 54.6% Hispanic, 35.7% White, 4.6% Asian. (2010 Census)

USDA SNAP Participating Families

  • Bergen County has 22,338 households (24,310 adults and 14,556 children) currently receiving SNAP benefits (August 2014 NJ DHS) 

Bergen County SNAP-Ed Project

The SNAP-Ed project addresses the following needs for limited resource individuals in Bergen 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: Fanny M. Hillers School, Jackson Avenue School, Hackensack Middle School, 5/6 Middle School, Garfield High School, Columbus School # 8, Garfield Middle School, Lincoln School # 6, Roosevelt School # 7, Washington Irving School # 4, School # 4 Annex, Madison School # 10, Dr. L. McCloud Elementary School, Donal A. Quarles, J.E. Dismus Middle School, Dr. J. Grieco Elementary School, Columbus Middle School, Thomas Jefferson Middle School, Roosevelt School in Lodi, Wilson School, Lincoln School in Fairview, The Annex, Number 3, School # 3 Annex and Lillian M. Steen School. Education will also occur in the following pre-schools:
  • The Annex, Donald A. Quarles, Fanny M. Hillers, Roosevelt School in Lodi, Wilson School, Garfield Childhood Center.


Project Objectives

  • To promote the SNAP-Ed Project and its statewide mission.
  • To increase food security through nutrition education programs to SNAP eligible adults resulting in improved dietary habits, food purchases 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 Bergen 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 Bergen 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 more than 50 percent of the students receive free or reduced lunches. This will be done through the delivery of age-appropriate, behaviorally focused nutrition education lessons that are approved by the state nutrition specialist(s)


  • 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 for Pre and Post surveys. 

Collaborative Relationships

RCE of Bergen County
Greater Bergen Community Action
Lillian M. Steen School in Bogota NJ
Englewood Board of Education
Garfield Board of Education
Hackensack Board of Education
Lodi Board of Education
Fairview Board of Education
Bergen County Division of Senior Services
Bergen Family Center
Bergen One Stop Career Center 



Paulina D. Beristain, Program Associate
Bergen County SNAP-Ed
RCE of Bergen County
County Administration Building Third Floor
One Bergen County Plaza
Hackensack, NJ 07601
Phone: (201) 336-6874
Fax: (201) 336-6848