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St. Michael's Church in Palisades Park. (Google Maps)
St. Michael's Church in Palisades Park. (Google Maps)
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NJ church told it’s not allowed to take in the homeless from the cold

Palisaded Park's borough administrator said the church could no longer continue to offer shelter because of zoning rules.

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School Breakfast
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New initiative would help NJ school breakfast expansion

Trenton Democrats have rolled out a new initiative to increase the feeding of needy school kids in the state. It's called the, "Nourishing Young Minds Initiative Fund".

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Rescue Mission of Trenton
Rescue Mission of Trenton (Michael Mancuso & Martin Griff)
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NJ rescue missions need more help to keep homeless shelters afloat

The emergency shelter and services program at the Rescue Mission of Trenton costs about $1.2 million annually to operate and is reporting a deficit of $400,000.

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School Lunch
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Fighting childhood hunger: Report says NJ could be doing much more

New Jersey is making strides in filling students' empty stomachs at the start of the school day, but the state is still missing out on a number of opportunities to feed children when they need it the most, a new report says.

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Rutgers students announce findings of a national survey of food insecurity on college campuses. (NJPIRG Students)
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Even with meal plans or jobs, NJ college kids are going hungry

Ramen noodles and a vending machine soda. It's jokingly seen as the classic go-to meal for college students, but a new report suggests this isn't anything to laugh at.

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Report finds poverty in NJ declining. But is it really?

A new U.S. Census Bureau report finds many states, including New Jersey, saw a decrease in poverty rates between 2014 and 2015.

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Summer may leave many children hungry who normally take advantage of free or reduce-priced meals in school. (monkeybusinessimages, ThinkStock)
Summer may leave many children hungry who normally take advantage of free or reduce-priced meals in school. (monkeybusinessimages, ThinkStock)
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More than 1,200 NJ locations offering free meals to children this summer

Meals are offered at select locations where children typically congregate, such as parks, pools and schools, and through recreation programs.

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1 in 3 children in NJ are being raised by struggling low-income families

More youngsters have health insurance, but many live in poor families.

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Food Banks
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Working families in NJ struggling to put food on their table

The food insecurity rate is highest in Essex County at 18.6 percent, representing 789,616 residents.

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PSA for earned income tax credit
PSA for earned income tax credit
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Tax cut for working poor added to bargaining over New Jersey gas-tax hike

Throw another tax cut into the Transportation Trust Fund mix: an increase in the earned income tax credit paid to the working poor.

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