Passaic County

Passaic County


Population of 501,226 (2010 Estimate)

  • Total area of 185 sq miles - 2,709 persons per square mile
  • Per Capita Income - $26,095
  • 64% of the population is below the poverty level (2010)
  • 62% White, 37% Hispanic, 12% African American

Target Areas

Population of 146,999, New Jersey's third largest city

  • Total area of 8.7 sq miles - 16,804 persons per square mile
  • Per Capita income - $15,543
  • 30.5% of the population is below the poverty level
  • 57% Hispanic, 31% African American, 34% White, 3% Asian, 1% Native American

Population of 69,781

  • Total area of 3.2 miles - 21,806 persons per square mile
  • Per Capita income - $14,424
  • 29.9% of the population is below the poverty level
  • 71% Hispanic, 45% White, 1% African American

USDA SNAP Participating Families

  • 41,572 households in Passaic County are SNAP Eligible Participants  (May 2011)

Passaic County SNAP-Ed Project

The SNAP-Ed project addresses the following needs for limited resource individuals in Passaic 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 project in Passaic County serves SNAP audiences in the Communities of Clifton, Paterson and Passaic; areas that are outside the Expanded Food and Nutrition Education Program (EFNEP) service areas of Passaic and Paterson.  In the cities of Passaic, and Paterson, the EFNEP program is limited to nutrition education for English and Spanish speaking clients with children.  SNAP-Ed programming in Passaic and Paterson involves those individuals not already served by EFNEP, including:  seniors; adults participating in job training programs that last less than six weeks, and individuals with no families. Education will occur in the following schools where at least 50% or more receive free or reduced lunch: Passaic Schools 2,3,6,7,8,9,10,11,15,19 and Passaic High school, Paterson Schools 3,5,7,9, 26, Alexander Hamilton Academy, Eastside High School, JFK High School, International High School, Paterson Adult School, the Passaic County Office on Aging,  Oasis: A Haven for women and Children, The YMCA, The Salvation Army, the Board of Social Services,  School Based Youth Services, The Department of Labor,  Father English, Straight and Narrow, St. Paul’s CDC, Hispanic Information Center of Passaic County, The Boys and Girls Club of Clifton, Clifton Schools 12 and 17.

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 Passaic 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 administrative office.
  • To assess present and future needs for nutrition education in Passaic 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 administrative office.  To collaborate with the CUMAC-ECHO food distribution program and the Emergency Food Coalition.  The CUMAC-ECHO food distribution program provides food at its food pantry to SNAP participants who have used all of their SNAP benefits by the end of the month.  The distribution center is utilized for recruitment of SNAP eligible participants for our educational programming and as a network resource for doing the same in over 15 emergency food pantries.


  • 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

Annabelle Shimkowitz Senior Center
Board of Social Services of Passaic County
Charles J. Smith Senior Center
Community Food Bank of New Jersey
Dept. Health and Nutrition Montclair State Univ.
William Paterson University Department of Public Health
Eva’s Village
Father English
Friendship Corner
Greater Bergen Head Start
Head start of Passaic
Lighthouse Pregnancy Resource Center
Oasis: A Haven for Woman and Children
Passaic County Workforce Center
Paterson Adult School
Riverside Veterans Building
School Based Youth Services
St Paul CDC
Straight & Narrow
The Salvation Army of Passaic and Paterson
William Griffin senior center
YMCA  Passaic
YMCA Paterson
Boys and Girls club of Paterson, Passaic, and Clifton
Clifton Board of Education
Passaic Board of Education
Paterson Board of Education


Michelle Moscato, Program Associate
Passaic County SNAP-Ed
RCE of Passaic County
18 Clark Street
Paterson, NJ  07505
Phone:  (973) 881-2779
Fax:  (973)  881-0747