Chester “Nick” Bondiskey remembers the Community FoodBank of New Jersey in Egg Harbor Township as a drab facility providing no help as to what he and his family should eat.
All four counties in The Press of Atlantic City's coverage area - Atlantic, Cape May, Cumberland and Ocean - have the highest rates in the state of children who lack access to healthy and nutritious foods, both in quality and quantity, according to the Feeding America organization. For every eight children in New Jersey, one struggles with hunger. In total, there were more than 330,000 of those children in 2014.
Because of this increasing need, The Press is producing an extended series examining the issue of food insecurity for children in South Jersey. The project, called Growing Up Hungry, will appear in print at the end of each month. We have developed a special web page for stories, photo galleries, graphics and videos related to the struggle to feed our local children.