New laws help New Jersey residents fight hunger

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Gov. Phil Murphy signed 10 measures into law that aim to help residents facing hunger.

The governor signed the legislation Thursday alongside state Assembly Speaker Craig Coughlin, other lawmakers and a handful of advocates.

Murphy described the measures as a "first step" in reducing how many people go hungry in the Garden State. State officials say that roughly 10% of state residents face hunger.

“Hunger knows no stripes. It doesn’t know racial stripes. It doesn’t know political stripes. It affects everybody,” Coughlin says

Among the new laws is a measure requiring an "anti-hunger" link on all state websites providing information on emergency food services. Another sets aside $1 million for a grant program to address food insecurity at public colleges. A third establishes a task force to study food waste. Another law requires an awareness campaign on food waste.

The bills stem from Coughlin's push to address hunger in the state.

A law passed in 2017 mandates New Jersey enact a plan to reduce food waste by 50% by 2030.

The Associated Press wire services contributed to this report.

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