Sussex County

Sussex County

Population

  • Total population is 143,673 (2015)
  • Median Household Income is $87,397 (2014)
  • 6.2% of the population are below poverty level (2014)
  • 21.1% of the residents are under 18 years old (2014)
  • 15.3% of the residents are over 65 years old (2014)

Demographics

  • 93.9% White
  • 7.5% Hispanic
  • 2.4% African-American
  • 2.0% Asian
  • 0.2% American Indian

USDA SNAP Participating Families

  • 2408 participating households (July 2016)
  • 4414 participating individuals (July 2016)
  • 2772 participating adults (July 2016)
  • 1642 participating children (July 2016)

Sussex County SNAP-Ed Project

The SNAP-Ed Project addresses the following needs for limited resource individuals in Sussex 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 Sussex County

Project Objectives

  • To promote the SNAP-Ed Project and its statewide mission
  • To increase food security through nutrition education programs to SNAP eligible adults resulting in improved dietary habits, food purchases 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-Ed program participants in Sussex County

Project Activities

  • To provide behaviorally-focused, learner-driven, outcome-based nutrition lessons to youth and adults
  • To work with dietetic interns to contribute to the intern’s professional development in the area of nutrition education for SNAP-Ed participants and to improve Sussex County’s SNAP-Ed outreach capabilities
  • To provide necessary training to staff/dietetic interns who teach nutrition education classes to targeted population
  • To participate in community health fairs throughout Sussex County to help increase nutrition awareness within the community
  • To partner with local, municipal and county wide agencies to better coordinate SNAP-Ed services
  • To collaborate with regional network partners on policy, systems, and environmental change initiatives

Evaluation

The evaluation methodology that is used includes an overall measurement of the impact of nutrition education amongst the population of SNAP-Ed program participants. The WebNEERS reporting system is used for Pre and Post surveys. 

Collaborative Relationships
Birth Haven
Center for Prevention and Counseling
First Baptist Church of Newton
Manna House
NORWESCAP Head Start and Early Head Start
Project Self-Sufficiency
Sussex County Department of Human Services
Vernon United Methodist Church
Zufall Health Center

Contact

Sarah Curran, MHS, RD
Sussex County SNAP-Ed
c/o Project Self-Sufficiency
127 Mill St.
Newton, NJ 07860
Phone: (973)940-3527
Fax: (973)940-3501
Email: scurran@njaes.rutgers.edu