Hudson County

Overview

Hudson County

  • Population 660,282Census Bureau (2013 estimate)
  • Per Capita Income $32,541 (2013)
  • 16.8% of residents in Hudson County live below the poverty line (2013)
  • 66.1% White,  42.9% Hispanic, 15.1% African American, 15.0% Asian

Target Area

Jersey City

  • 257,342 Census Bureau (2013  estimate) Second largest city in New Jersey
  • Per Capita Income  32,751 (2013 )
  • 8.4% of residents in Jersey City live below the poverty line (2013 ).
  • 32.7% white, 27.6% Hispanic, 25.8% African American, 14.8% Asian.

USDA Food Stamp Participating Families

  • 60,701 households with 116,393 individuals (63,474 adults and 52,919 children) receive SNAP benefits as of August 2013.

Hudson County SNAP-Ed Project

The SNAP-Ed Program addresses the following needs for limited resource individuals in Hudson  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

There is no EFNEP programing in Hudson County.

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 Hudson County.
  • To provide nutrition education in-services to participating agencies and Jersey City Public School personnel in Jersey City.

Project Activities

  • Market program in order to increase county network collaboration opportunities
  • Provide nutrition education to participants in Hudson County
  • Increase outreach to new participants
  • Participate in community health fairs throughout Hudson County to help increase nutrition awareness within the community.

Evaluation

The evaluation outcomes include an overall measurement of the impact of nutrition education amongst the adults and senior population of the SNAP-Ed program participants. The WebNEERS reporting system is used for Pre and Post Diet surveys. The dietetic interns will be listed as part of the year-end evaluation report.

Collaborative Relationships

Jersey City School District
Worldwide Educational Services
Bayonne Equal Opportunity Fund
Workforce Advantage, 
Urban League
Integrity House
CURA
Boys and Girls Club

Contact

Michelle Jansen,MA  Program Associate
SNAP-Ed Program
RCE of Hudson County
257 Cornelison Avenue , Suite 2101
Jersey City, NJ 07302
Phone: 201-369-3432
email: mjansen@aesop.rutgers.edu