EDISON - "The Boss" took time away from his music to write a letter to the Asbury Park Press, thanking the paper for covering issues of poverty and hunger.

In the letter, Bruce Springsteen writes, "These are voices that in our current climate are having a hard time being heard, not just in New Jersey, but nationally."

The Food Bank of Monmouth and Ocean Counties in Neptune is applauding the rocker for opening the discussion.

New Jersey is considered the second-wealthiest state in the nation. However, statistics show nearly two million New Jersey residents living at or on the brink of poverty.