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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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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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Assembly Speaker Vinnie Prieto (Kevin McArdle, Townsquare Media NJ)
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Assembly Speaker: NJ’s poverty rate is embarrassing

Poverty is still a very real problem in the Garden State, according to Assembly Speaker Vinnie Prieto.

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416,000 NJ children living on food stamps

The latest numbers from the New Jersey Department of Human Services suggest more than 882,000 people in the state are living on food stamps. More than 416,000 of them are children.

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Poverty in the U.S. (Photo credit: Spencer Platt/Getty Images)
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Census: Nearly 1 million live in poverty in New Jersey

The number of people living in poverty in New Jersey has grown by almost 250,000 over the last decade, bringing the total to nearly one million, according to 2014 Census figures released Thursday.

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Harlem residents choose free groceries at the Food Bank For New York City on December 11, 2013 in New York City. (Photo by John Moore/Getty Images)
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Census: Income, poverty numbers stay just about the same

The wallets of America's middle class and poorest aren't seeing any extra money, a new report said Wednesday, a financial stagnation experts say may be fueling political dissent this campaign season.

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A study shows more NJ kids are living in poverty. (olesiabilkei, ThinkStock)
A study shows more NJ kids are living in poverty. (olesiabilkei, ThinkStock)
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More NJ kids are living in poverty, report shows

A new report finds New Jersey is still one of the best states in the nation for children, but we've also got significant problems that are getting worse.

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New state budget will help the poor, Senate president says

New Jersey's State Budget must be signed and balanced by midnight on June 30. That doesn't leave much time to find ways to fund many initiatives and there is not a lot of money to go around. Despite that, the top lawmaker in the State Senate promised the new spending plan will help New Jersey's poor.

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