Cape May County

Overview:

Cape May County is located at the Southern tip of the State of New Jersey bordered by Atlantic County to the north the Atlantic Ocean to the east and south and the Delaware Bay to the West.  It covers 256 square miles of land area; Cape May County has 16 Municipalities. 
 

Population:

There are 95,897 (2013 estimate) year round residents of Cape May County and 800,00 summer residents of the county (US Census Bureau estimate 2013).

  • Per capita income is $33,882 (US Census Bureau 2013) 
  • 9.7% of the population below the poverty line (Cape May County Directory 2014)

Demographics:

  • White:         91.8%
  • Black:           5.0%
  • Hispanic:      7.0%
  • Asian:           1.0%

Need in Cape May County:

  • In 2013 Cape May County was ranked the highest in the state for unemployment, supporting the need for the SNAP-Ed program in the county.  
  • Cape May County has recorded a 10% increase of children living below the poverty level. (Kids Count data center 2013) 
  • Cape  May County has 5,243 households receiving SNAP Benefits as of 2013.
  • Cape May recorded 4,396 children receiving SNAP benefits in 2013 which is a 48% increase from 2009 (Kids Count data center 2013)
  •  19.6% of children in the County are living in poverty an increase of 1.5% from 2010 (Kids Count data center 2013).

Cape May County Health Issues:

  • The county ranked 1st in the state of New Jersey for cancer related deaths. 
  • Cape May County is 3rd in the State for diabetes related deaths and 2nd in the state for deaths due to congestive heart failure.
  • The County is also ranked 1st in the State for deaths due to respiratory disease as well as for deaths due to stroke.  
  • All significant rates of death have links to poor nutrition and sedentary life-styles.
     

Cape May County SNAP-Ed Project:

  • The Cape May County SNAP-Ed project was implemented in January of 2012.  The Cape May County SNAP-Ed Project provides nutrition education to SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program), eligible adults, pregnant teens, and youth ages kindergarten through high school.  Educational programs are presented to eligible sites that fulfill the project criteria requiring at least  50% of participants be SNAP eligible adults or in the case of a youth site, at least 50% of youth at the site are receive free or reduced price lunch.
     

The Cape May County SNAP-Ed project addresses the following needs for limited resource individuals in Cape May County:

  • Inability to have SNAP benefits and food budget last through the month
  • Limited food preparation and food storage facilities
  • Dependency 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
     

Cape May County SNAP-Ed Program Objectives:

  • To promote the SNAP-Ed Project and its state wide mission.
  • To increase food security through nutrition education programs for SNAP-Ed eligible population.
  • Provide nutrition and food safety classes that promote improved dietary habits, increased activity and better living habits.
  • Increase and improve collaboration among existing agencies that currently work with low-income audiences, other governmental agencies, not for profit organization and private enterprises.
  • To improve the nutrition education services available to SNAP program participants in Cape May County.
     

Cape May County Project Activities:

  • To provide behaviorally focused, learner-driven, outcome-based nutrition education to adults and senior citizens using lessons that have been approved by the State curriculum support project and that are research-based.
  • To provide nutrition education that will assist in improving the dietary habits/eating behaviors, food safety practices and activity levels of youth in schools where 50% or more of the students receive free or reduced price lunch.  This objective is accomplished through the delivery of age-appropriate, behaviorally-focused nutrition education lessons that are approved by the State curriculum support project and are research-based.
  • To distribute and disseminate information about SNAP-Ed and specific nutrition education opportunities and activities available to the target population(s).
  • To assess present and future needs for nutrition education in Cape May County.

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. 
     

Collaborating Partners:
Jersey Cape Diagnostic
Workforce
Project Teach
Special Services, COMPACT
Free Meal Center
Cape May Housing Authority
Family Success Center of Cape May
Woodbine Elementary School District
Lower Township Elementary School District
Wildwood School District
Caring for Kids, Inc.
Holy Redeemer Home Care

 

Contact:
Cristine Dell-Priscoli, Program Associate II
Cape May County SNAP-Ed
25 Dolphin Avenue
Northfield NJ 08226
Phone:(609)-645-7700 x4733
Fax: (609)-645-5828
Cell: (609)-402-6117
Email: cdell@aesop.rutgers.edu