Hunger In Our Community

No one should ever go hungry…

Hunger is still very real here in Monmouth & Ocean counties. Every day, 1 in 10 of our neighbors does not have enough to eat. This includes over 21,000 children in Monmouth and 25,000 children in Ocean.

Hunger is caused by many different things, so Fulfill fights hunger in many different ways. We provide food and other life-changing programs that address all the causes of hunger—to get our neighbors in need back on their feet for good and strengthen our communities forever.
See our Programs

Fulfill is committed to providing an ever-growing, comprehensive suite of services to those in need. By addressing the root causes of hunger, Fulfill creates real results that are life changing. And when we all work together as a team, hunger won’t win here in our communities.

…but many of our neighbors still do

Fulfill provides over 13 million meals every year to 130,000 of our neighbors right here in our communities. Fulfill provides over 142,000 meals to our school children in backpack, kids’ café and summer meals programs.

The Fulfill mobile pantries serve over 17,757 people in our communities including seniors and veterans.

The overall poverty rate for in our communities has continued to grow over the past 10 years.1

Overall Poverty Rates
Ocean & Monmouth Counties




The poverty rate among children under 18 has grown dramatically in the same time period.1

Children Under 18 Poverty Rates
Ocean & Monmouth Counties




More of our children than ever are hungry. Fulfill provided food to 46,000 children in 2016. In 2005, that number was just 19,000.2

1. US Census Bureau, Small Area Income and Poverty Estimates Program. County estimates (2015).
2. Hunger in America 2014, New Jersey Report. Monmouth and Ocean County Report. Feeding America. Princeton: Mathematica Policy Research.

For a snapshot of Hunger in America,
visit Map the Meal Gap

Released by Feeding America, the map details hunger statistics in every county in the U.S. and shows that children continue to struggle with hunger.
Map the Meal Gap