Mercer County is in the heart of central New Jersey and is the location of the State Capital in Trenton. As indicated by the demographic data below, it is a county of contrasts and diversity. The Mercer County SNAP-Ed Project's primary target is Trenton and its outskirts, which accounts for the highest concentration of limited-resource population in the County.
Demographics (source: US Census Bureau)
- Population 371,537 (2014 estimate)
- Per Capita income $37,465 (2009-20013)
- Persons below the poverty level 11.2% (2009-2013)
- 66% White, 21.1% African American, Asian 10%, Hispanic or Latino16.2% (2013)
Target Area - Trenton
- Population 84,349 (2013 estimate),
- Per Capita income $17,532 (2009-2013)
- Persons below the poverty level 26.5% (2009-2013)
26.6%, White, 52.0% Black or African American, 33.7% Hispanic or Latino, 1.2% Asian
USDA SNAP and Other Public Assistance Program Participation (Source: NJ Dept of Human Services, January 2015)
- As of January 2015, 18,270 households or 33,573 individuals (15,858 children) in Mercer County received SNAP Benefits.
- Work First New Jersey Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) served 1,895 families in Mercer County while 1,278 received General Assistance (GA) as of January, 2015.
- The Mercer County SNAP-Ed program will provide nutrition education to adult participants and youth groups who are not served by the Mercer County Expanded Food and Nutrition Education Program (EFNEP).
- Education for youth will occur in community after school programs and special interest groups where 50% or more of the students are where 50% or more of the students are receiving free or reduce price school lunches.
- Education for adults will occur in community centers, job training sites, rehabilitation centers and shelters where 50% or more of the participants are SNAP-eligible.
- To promote the SNAP-Ed Project and its statewide mission to improve food security, food safety practices, dietary quality and food resource management through nutrition education programs.
- To emphasize the importance of being physically active as part of a healthy lifestyle through nutrition education programs.
- To improve and increase collaboration among existing agencies that currently work with limited-resource populations such as governmental agencies, nonprofit organizations and private enterprises to improve the nutrition education services available to SNAP-eligible individuals and families.
- To provide behaviorally-focused, learner-driven, outcome-based nutrition education to youth, adult and senior SNAP recipients through lessons in English and Spanish that have been approved by NJ SNAP-Ed Curriculum Support Project.
- To Inform SNAP-Ed participants of available community resources and assistance programs.
- To disseminate information about NJ SNAP-Ed and its mission through community outreach and networking efforts such as participation in coalitions, working groups, conferences and health fairs targeting the limited-resource population.
The evaluation methodology used includes an overall measurement of the impact of nutrition education among SNAP-Ed program participants. The WebNEERS reporting system is used for pre and post surveys.
- Another Door Opens Recovery Center
- Boys and Girls Clubs of America
- Brighter Day Behavioral Health
- Catholic Charities Diocese of Trenton
- Catholic Youth Organization of Mercer County
- Central Jersey Family Health Consortium
- Children's Home Society
- Henkels and McCoy Training Services Group
- Home Front
- Mercer County Board of Social Services
- Mercer County Community College - Youth College Program
- Mercer Street Friends Food Bank
- New Jersey Department of Health
- New Jersey Partnership for Healthy Kids - Trenton
- New Jersey Youth Corps
- The Crisis Ministry
- Trenton Area Soup Kitchen
- Trenton Board of Education
- Trenton Department of Health and Human Services
- Ujima Ministries
- Work First New Jersey
- YMCA of Trenton
- YWCA of Trenton
Amanda Skahan, MS, RD
Mercer County SNAP-Ed
RCE of Mercer County
930 Spruce Street
Trenton, NJ 08648