As of November 1, 2013, roughly 10 percent of New Jersey families who rely on food stamps saw their benefits cut back to pre-recession levels.

Nearly half are children, and another 20 percent are elderly or disabled. In New Jersey, that comes to roughly 559,000 people, according to Census figures. These are the poorest among us, and they are helpless. Another 16,000 receiving food stamps in New Jersey are veterans.

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