Burlington County

Overview

Burlington County, the largest county in New Jersey, covers 827 square miles, extending from the Delaware River to the Great Bay of the Atlantic Ocean.  The county is primarily known for its agriculture, but there is considerable manufacturing, particularly along the Delaware River waterfront.  It is ranked 11th in population with the poverty level being in the bottom 5th among the other twenty-one counties in New Jersey.

Demographics

  • Population 459,838  (2013 Census estimate)
  • Per Capita Income $36,835 (2013)
  • 5.5% living below the poverty level
  • 74.7%  White, 17.5% Black, 7.3% Hispanic, 4.8% Asian

USDA SNAP PARTICIPATING FAMILIES:

  • There are 14,335 households receiving SNAP benefits in Burlington County as of August 2014..  These households are made up of 16,005 adults and 12,370 children.  The majority of the recipients of SNAP benefits live in Pemberton Township, Burlington City, Beverly and Mt. Holly.

BURLINGTON COUNTY SNAP-Ed PROJECT:

Non Duplication:  there is not an EFNEP project in Burlington County

This project is designed to provide nutrition education to SNAP eligible adults, pregnant teens, youth ages pre-K through high school.  The education will be limited to those sites where 50% or greater are SNAP eligible or where 50% or more of the youth are receiving free or reduced lunch in their schools.  

The following needs will be addressed:

  • 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

PROGRAM OBJECTIVES:

  • Encourage participants to more closely follow the MyPlate Eating Plan.
  • Deliver behavioral focused outcome based nutrition education to SNAP eligibles with the desired outcome being to increase the intake of fruits and vegetables, whole grains, low-fat milk products daily.
  • Emphasize the importance of being physically active everyday as part of a healthy lifestyle.
  • Help SNAP eligibles understand how to eat a healthy diet on a limited food budget using food stamp benefits and managing their food resources.
  • To help to understand how to balance caloric intake from food and beverages with calories expended.
  • Promote the SNAP-Ed project and its statewide mission
  • Improve collaboration with existing agencies that currently work with low income audiences.
  • Participate in the statewide State Nutrition Action Plan process
  • To build relationships to be able to make referrals of SNAP eligibles to other nutrition and health related services and to access food stamp benefits.

PROGRAM ACTIVITIES:

  • Deliver approved age appropriate nutrition education to adults, pregnant teens and youth.
  • Provide in-service training to food service personnel, resident managers, teachers, parents, regarding nutrition education and food safety
  • Participate in health fairs targeting low income to disseminate nutrition information per the SNAP-Ed guidelines

EVALUATION:

The evaluation methodology which is used includes an overall measurement of the impact of nutrition education amongst the adult population of SNAP participants. The WebNEERS reporting system is used for Pre and Post surveys.
 

COLLABORATIONS:
The Children's Home
New Jersey Department of Education-Project TEACH
WorkFirst Investment Board
Catholic Charities
Pemberton Township School District
Mt. Holly School District
Burlington County Community Action Program
Beverly City School District
Burlington City School District
Burlington County Department of Human Services
Crossroads Programs-Capable Adolescent Mothers
Burlington County Department of Social Services
Burlington County Health Department
Pemberton Senior Services
NJCEED of Virtua
Food Bank of South Jersey
Good Counsel Homes
United Healthcare
Southern Jersey Family Medical Centers
Southern Jersey Perinatal Cooperative
Drenk Behavioral Health Center
Farmers Against Hunger
Abundant Life - Living Springs Senior Residence
Mid-Atlantic States Career and Education Center - Youth Opportunity
The Arbors Low Income Housing 
First Presbyterian Church of Mount Holly
Legacy Family Success Center
Twin Oaks Community Services
G-3 Health and Fitness
Beacon of Hope, Inc.
Burlington Township Food Pantry
Wiley Church Food Pantry
Wrightstown Arms Apartments
Burlington Center Mall Ministry

Contact:

Tracy Little, Program Associate
Burlington County SNAP-Ed
RCE of Burlington County
49 Rancocas Road
Mt. Holly, NJ. 08060
Phone: 609-265-5914
Fax: 609-265-5613
e-mail: little@njaes.rutgers.edu