Connecting every New Jerseyan with equitable access to nutritious food is a core component of Governor Murphy’s strategy for building a stronger and fairer New Jersey economy. NJEDA, along with its partners in government, business, nonprofits, and the community, is dedicated to increasing and improving access to nutritious food.
Where we live has a major impact on our overall health and wellbeing. The U.S. Department of Agriculture describes food security as access by all people at all times to sufficient nutritious food for an active and healthy life. This basic need is still not met for all New Jerseyans. Food insecurity impacts all racial and ethnic groups and geographic regions of the state. Communities with high concentrations unhealthy food options, while lacking traditional grocery stores, have been shown to have higher rates of chronic diseases. Currently, nearly one in ten children experience food insecurity in New Jersey, which can have negative impacts on their current and future physical and mental health and academic achievement.
To address these challenges, NJEDA’s programs aim to promote a more inclusive, scalable and collaborative approach to ensure improved access, consistent availability, and increased utilization of nutritious foods.