Somerset County

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


  • Population 330,585 (2013 Census estimate) 
  • Capita Income $47,803 (2013)
  • 5.0% of the population is below the poverty level (2013)
  • 72.0%% White, 9.8% African American, 15.9% Asian, 13.9% Hispanic of Latino, 1.9% reported two or more races, 13.3 % Hispanic (2013). 

USDA SNAP Participating Families

  • As of August 2014  according to the NJ Department of Human Services, a total of 13,245 individuals living in 6,913 households comprised of 6,589 adults and 6,656 children in Somerset County are SNAP Program Participants.

Somerset County SNAP-Ed Project

The SNAP-Ed project addresses the following needs for limited resource individuals in Somerset 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 programming in Somerset 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 Somerset County .
  • Project Activities
    • Provide nutrition education to youth in schools where 50% or more receive free or reduced price lunches.
    • Market program in order to increase county network collaboration opportunities.
  • Evaluation
    • The evaluation methodology, which 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.


Eika Lannaman, RD
Program Associate
Rutgers Cooperative Extension
11 Suydam Street, 2nd floor
New Brunswick, New Jersey 08901