New Look at Link Between Health and Income

A new county-by-county look at health in New Jersey shows stark differences based on income.  The report from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation ranks the counties, and finds “Poorer families and individuals are more likely to live in inadequate housing in unsafe neighborhoods, often with limited access to healthy foods, employment options, and quality schools.  While the starkest difference in health is between those with the highest and lowest incomes, this relationship persists throughout all income brackets. The ongoing stress and challenges associated with poverty can lead to cumulative health damage, both physical and mental.”  CFBNJ is continually working to improve the health of those we serve, in part by increasing our distribution of fresh, nutritious food.  You can see where your county ranks, and learn more about the healthy-poverty link at