As the calendar year draws to a close, thoughts often turn to those unfortunately burdened by ongoing economic and social challenges. From the United Way’s ALICE project to Legal Services of New Jersey’s recent report, ample evidence exists of how too many in the state struggle with essentials like food and shelter. According to one calculation, as many as two million of our fellow residents live in some degree of poverty.
As one of the wealthiest states in the nation, New Jersey should not tolerate these conditions. Fortunately, New Jersey has many dedicated advocates who have outlined a number of measures to deliver relief and help place people on more stable ground.
Joining New Start New Jersey for a discussion of poverty in the state is one of those foremost advocates, Serena Rice, Executive Director of the Anti-Poverty Network of New Jersey.