New Jersey Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program-Education

Camden County

Overview

Camden County has an atypical mix of urban, suburban and rural towns that include wealthy neighborhoods, working class towns and extreme poverty all next door to each other. Camden City, the neighboring towns and parts of Lindenwold, Pine Hill and Clementon are considered highly impoverished; while Cherry Hill Township, Voorhees Township, Haddon Heights and Haddonfield have a number of upper-income enclaves and Winslow Township remains relativity rural with farms and open space.

Demographics

Population 511,038 (2014)

  • Total area of 221.26 square miles with 2,321.5 people per square mile (2010)
  • Per Capita Income $45,063 (2014)
  • 14.8% of all families are living at or below the poverty level.
  • 70.1% White, 21.1% Black or African American,  5.8% Asian, 15.6% Hispanic or Latino  (2013).

Targeted Areas

Camden City

  • Population 76,332 (2014)
  • Total area of 8.92 square miles with 8,669.9 people per square mile (2010)
  • Per capita income $13.597 (2014)
  • 39.3% live in poverty,(2014)
  • 48.1 % Black or African American, 17.6% White, 2.1% Asian, 47%  Hispanic or Latino of any race

Pennsauken

  • Population 35,561 (2014)
  • Per Capita Income $27,372 (2014)
  • 9.4% live in poverty (2014)
  • 47.6% White, 26.9% Black or African American, 26.9 % Hispanic or Latino, 7.7% Asian

Lindenwald

  • Population 17,417 (2014)
  • Total area 3.89 square miles with 4,525 people per square mile
  • Per capita income $21,524 (2014)
  • 19.5% live in poverty
  • 34.7% Black or African-American, 48.1% White, 2.8% Asian, 21% Hispanic or Latino of any race

Future targeted areas

Gloucester City, Pine Hill,  Winslow Township, Woodlynne

USDA SNAP Participating Families

Camden County has 73,369  families receiving SNAP Benefits as of October 2015.  This is a 35% increase over the last 5 years.

Camden County SNAP-Ed Projects

The SNAP-Ed project addresses the following needs for limited resource individuals in Camden 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

The SNAP-Ed program will provide nutrition education to individuals and youth groups who are not serviced by the Camden County Expanded Food and Nutrition Education Program (EFNEP).

  • Education will occur in the following schools, where at least 50% of the students receive free or reduced price lunches: G.H. Carson School, Lindenwold School #4 & #5.
  • Education will also occur in the following adult sites: Life at Lourdes, Catholic Charities Delaware House, the Work Group, Francis Gorman House and Francis House.

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 Camden 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 Camden 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 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 for Pre and Post surveys.   

Collaborative Relationships

  • Camden City School District
  • Pennsauken School District
  • Camden Diabetes Coalition
  • Lindenwold School District
  • Catholic Charities Delaware House
  • Life at Lourdes Adult Day Care
  • The Work Group
  • Rutgers Behavioral Health
  • RPM Management
  • Cathedral Kitchen
  • YMCA of Burlington and Camden Counties
  • Camden County Department of Health & Human Services

Contact

Robin E. Waddell, MPH,
Senior Program Coordinator
Camden County SNAP-Ed
RCE of Camden County
101 Cooper Street
Camden, NJ 08102
Phone: 856 225 6169
Fax: 856 225 6493
Email: waddell@njaes.rutgers.edu