Morris County

Morris County is New Jersey’s seventh largest county with 39 municipalities. The Morris County SNAP-Ed office is located in Morristown, NJ. 

Population

  • Total Population is 499,727 (2014)
  • Per capita income is $48,814 (2013)
  • 4.4 % of the population are below poverty level in Morris County (2009-2013)
  • 22.3% of the residents of Morris County are under 18 (2014)
  • 15.4% of the residents of Morris County are senior citizens (2014)
  • Median Household Income: $98,633 (2009-2013)

Demographics

  • 72.5 % White, alone (2014)
  • 12.8 % Hispanic or Latino 2014
  • 10.1 % Asian alone, 2014
  • 3.6 % Black or African American alone, percent, 2014
  • 1.7% Two or More races, 2014
  • 0.3 % American Indian or Alaska Native alone, 2014

USDA SNAP Participating Families

As of July 2016, 8.807 households with 14,795 individuals (9,052 adults and 5,743 children) in Morris County receive Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits 

Morris County SNAP-Ed Project

As result of this project, SNAP residents in Morris County will improve their behaviors in the areas of food security, dietary quality, food safety, fitness and food resource management and shopping, through participation in nutrition education that is behaviorally-focused, learner-driven and outcome-based.

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

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 participants in Morris County

Project Activities

  • Provide behaviorally focused, outcome- based nutrition education classes to youth, adults, and seniors
  • Market program in order to increase county network collaboration outreach opportunities
  • Participate in community health fairs throughout Morris County to help increase nutrition awareness within the community
  • Collaborate with local, municipal and county wide agencies to better coordinate SNAP services

Evaluation

The evaluation methodology which is used includes an overall measurement of the impact of nutrition education amongst the adult and senior population of SNAP-Ed program participants.  Pre and post surveys are collected and reported via the WebNEERS reporting system.

Collaborative Relationships

Atlantic Health System
Bethel Church of Morristown
Bible Church International
Borough of Butler Police Department
Butler Senior Community
Morris County Child and Family Resources
Community Hope of NJ- Hope for Veterans
County of Morris Office of Temporary Assistance
Dover Child Care Center Inc.
El Primer Paso Ltd.
First Memorial Presbyterian Church of Dover
Head Start Community Program of Morris County, Inc.
Homeless Solutions
Hope House of Dover: A Division of Catholic Family & Community Services
Little People’s Academy Child Care Learning Center
Market Street Mission
Mine Hill Township Food Pantry
Morris County Organization for Hispanic Affairs
NORWESCAP Early Head Start
Parsippany Christian Church
Partnership for Maternal and Child Health of Northern New Jersey
Saint Peter The Apostle Church Food Pantry
The Neighborhood House
The Salvation Army Day Care Center
The Salvation Army Dover Corps
Town of Dover Department of Health
Zufall Health Center

 

Contact:

Vivian Moreno Berrio
Program Associate
Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program- Education
Rutgers Cooperative Extension of Morris County
County Building 550, West Hanover Avenue
Morristown, NJ 07963-0900
Office: 973-285-8315Email: vberrio@aesop.rutgers.edu