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Federal/State:New Jersey
Bill:NJ HB 3608 - Extension of the Good Samaritan Act
Summary:Would provide immunity to institutions of higher education for food donations
Sponsor(s):Assemblyman Upendra J. Chivukula (D)
Status:
As of 11/28/2011: Reported out of committee, second reading
As of 11/28/2011: December 13, 2010 - Introduced and referred to Committee on Higher Education

Federal/State:New Jersey
Bill:NJ HB 486 - Transferring School Nutrition Programs to Department of Agriculture
Summary:Would transfer primary administration of the WIC Farmers’ Market Nutrition Program, Senior Farmers’ Market Nutrition Program and Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children from the Department of Health and Senior Services to the Department of Agriculture.
Sponsor(s):Assemblyman Nelson T. Albano (D)
Status:
As of 1/18/2012: Introduced, referred to Committee on Agriculture and Natural Resources

Federal/State:New Jersey
Bill:NJ SB 1715 - Food donations
Summary:Would require retail food establishments to donate surplus unused baked goods and surplus canned and packaged goods close to retail sale date to local nonprofits and charities.
Sponsor(s):Senator Anthony R. Bucco (R)
Status:
As of 3/2/2012: Introduced, referred to Committee on Health, Human Services, and Senior Citizens

Federal/State:New Jersey
Bill:NJ SCR 123 - Urge approving SNAP employment and training pilot program
Summary:Urges the Governor to apply to Secretary of Agriculture for approval to implement employment and training pilot program (E&T) for Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program beneficiaries. Pilot projects will operate within the structure of current SNAP E&T rules, and includes any existing SNAP E&T components and services, as well as employment, education, and training programs that are authorized under the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) program. Each pilot project will be implemented over a p
Sponsor(s):Raymond Lesniak (D)
Status:
As of 10/27/2014: Adopted October 16, 2014
As of 8/14/2014: Introduced June 30, 2014. For status updates, visit the state's legislative website.

Federal/State:New Jersey
Bill:NJ AR 175 - Timely SNAP application processing
Summary:Would urge the Commissioner of DHS to encourage counties to use best practices and new case management models to increase timely processing of applications for Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program. This bill aims to help provide assistance to thousands of New Jersey residents, and prevent the loss of federal funding to a program which provides such a vital part of everyday life, nutrition assistance, to residents of the State.
Sponsor(s):Carmelo Garcia (D)
Status:
As of 10/27/2014: For status updates, visit the state's legislative website.

Federal/State:New Jersey
Bill:NJ AJR 79 -- Hunger Action Month
Summary:Would designate September of each year as "Hunger Action Month" in New Jersey.
Sponsor(s):Mary Pat Angelini (R)
Status:
As of 10/21/2014: For status updates, visit the state's legislative website.

Federal/State:New Jersey
Bill:NJ ACR 185 - Approve SNAP employment and trianing pilot program
Summary:Would urge the Governor to apply to Secretary of Agriculture for approval to implement Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program employment and training pilot program.
Sponsor(s):Valerie Vainieri Huttle (D)
Status:
As of 10/21/2014: For status updates, visit the state's legislative website.

Federal/State:New Jersey
Bill:NJ SCR 141 - Heat and Eat Program Funds for SNAP
Summary:Would direct the Governor to provide minimum annual energy assistance payment of $21 to every household in State that is eligible to receive benefits under Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program. This bill is in response to a new policy implemented pursuant to the federal Agricultural Act of 2014, where households that qualify for energy assistance must receive more than $20 in annual energy assistance payments in order to maintain the household's eligibility for the standard utility allowance under the
Sponsor(s):Raymond J. Lesniak (D)
Status:
As of 10/21/2014: For status updates, visit the state's legislative website.

Federal/State:New Jersey
Bill:NJ ARC 151 - Summer Meals Act of 2014
Summary:Urges Congress to pass "Summer Meals Act of 2014," which ensures children across America have access to quality meals during summer months.
Sponsor(s):Troy Singleton (D)
Status:
As of 10/21/2014: For status updates, visit the state's legislative website.

Federal/State:New Jersey
Bill:NJ HR 187 - Regarding SNAP funding
Summary:Would oppose efforts by Congress to reduce funding for Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program.
Sponsor(s):Assemblyman Reed Gusciora (D)
Status:
As of 6/26/2013: Introduced, referred to Committee on Human Services

Federal/State:New Jersey
Bill:NJ SB 2929 - Concerning SNAP eligibility
Summary:Would prohibit incarcerated individuals from receiving Medicaid, Work First New Jersey, or Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program benefits.
Sponsor(s):Senator Jeff Van Drew (D)
Status:
As of 7/31/2013: Introduced, referred to Committee on Health, Human Services, and Senior Citizens

Federal/State:New Jersey
Bill:NJ SB 1368 - Would prohibit incarcerated indivudals from receiving SNAP benefits
Summary:Would prohibit incarcerated individuals from receiving Medicaid, Work First New Jersey, or Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program benefits.
Sponsor(s):Jeff Van Drew (D)
Status:
As of 3/6/2014: For status updates, visit the state legislature's website.

Federal/State:New Jersey
Bill:NJ AB 2838 - Photo required SNAP cards
Summary:Would require beneficiary photo to be included on State-issued benefit debit cards for SNAP.
Sponsor(s):Michael Patrick Carroll (R) (co-sponsor: Anthony Bucco)
Status:
As of 3/25/2014: For status updates, visit the state legislature's website.

Federal/State:New Jersey
Bill:NJ AB 2896 - Incareated individuals cannot receive SNAP benefits
Summary:Would prohibit incarcerated individuals from receiving Medicaid, Work First New Jersey, or Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program benefits.
Sponsor(s):Joseph A. Lagana (D)
Status:
As of 3/25/2014: For status updates, visit the state legislature's website.

Federal/State:New Jersey
Bill:NJ AB 2956 - State funding Heat & Eat Program
Summary:Relates to the Heat & Eat program cuts under the 2014 Food Bill. This bill would provide $21 minimum annual energy assistance to qualified families and qualify families to receive additional nutritional assistance (SNAP).
Sponsor(s):Gabriela Mosquera (D) (co-sponsors: Vincent Prieto, Gary Schaer)
Status:
As of 4/3/2014: For status updates, please visit the legislator's website.

Federal/State:New Jersey
Bill:NJ AB 3826 - Establich Children's Health Promotion Fund
Summary:Would establish the Children's Health Promotion Fund. The monies deposited in the Children's Health Promotion Fund would be distributed by the Department of Health to establish and expand programs that 1) improve access to, and encourage the consumption of, healthy, safe, and affordable foods and beverages by low-income children; 2) educate low-income children and their families on the importance of proper diet and physical activity in preventing childhood obesity; and 3) raise public awareness about educat
Sponsor(s):Carmelo Garcia (D)
Status:
As of 10/27/2014: For status updates, visit the state's legislative website.