MADISON, NJ - The members of the Madison High School Key Club board would like to encourage the community to take part in the Students Change Hunger food drive, a challenge from the New Jersey Federation of Food Banks to collect food and donations to help the hungry and food insecure in our community.

Last year Madison High School won the Division 5 award from the New Jersey Federation of Food Banks for donating 1,400 lbs of food and $1,600. This year the organization aims to double their efforts.

Close to 900,000 people in NJ are food insecure, states the organization. With more than 260,000 kids being food insecure.

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Our hungry neighbors include parents who skip meals to feed their kids and seniors who are often forced to choose between paying for medicine or food. Nationwide the numbers are even more staggering as 40 million people are food insecure (12.5 million of those individuals are children). Hunger exists everywhere - even in affluent towns such as Madison. It is a 365 day a year problem", said the Key Club.

The group states that about 38% of households in New Jersey - that’s 1.2 million people - don’t earn enough to afford basic modern necessities, like housing, food, childcare, health care, and transportation. In New Jersey, the cost of living continues to surpass most salaries as 51% of all jobs in New Jersey pay less than $20 an hour. 

"Those who receive food stamps or SNAP assistance receive on average $4.35 a day, probably the cost of your morning coffee", they said. "This is where food banks come into play. The Community Food Bank in Hillside is one of the nation’s largest domestic hunger-relief organizations and where our donated food items will go". 

How the Madison community can help:

 

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