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Working Poor Struggle
Program of the Month

 Along with retired persons, the majority of the people that NORWESCAP serves are the “working poor.”  They often work in retail sales, cashiers and laborer positions which all have median wages that pay less than $12 per hour.  Many of these jobs will be replaced by technology.  Costs are far outpacing wages for most service jobs.  Low wages are projected to grow faster than high-wage jobs over the next decade.    In a recent report by one of our community partners, the United Way identified some of these and other trends about the ALICE population (Asset Limited Income Restrained and Employed).    See - http://www.unitedwayalice.org/documents/16UW%20ALICE%20Report_NJUpdate_Lowres_12.13.16.pdf.   The report also lists facts that compound the situation; 37% of New Jersey households can’t make ends meet, ALICE families spend 24% of their income on housing and child care is the highest monthly expense for ALICE rising 16% since 2007.

The report breaks the data down by county starting on page 61.  The cost of living is based on housing, child care, food, health care and transportation.  In order to live in our counties, it takes an hourly wage way above $12 per hour.  For a family with a preschooler and infant, the living wages are; Hunterdon-$40.58, Morris-$34.51, Somerset-$40.04, Sussex-$34.85 and Warren-$31.71.  With facts like these, you can see the role of agencies like NORWESCAP to provide some additional help to assist your neighbors in making ends meet.  To find out how you can help, visit our website at www.norwescap.org. 

The Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children - better known as the WIC Program - serves to safeguard the health of low-income pregnant, postpartum, and breastfeeding women, infants, and children up to age 5 who are at nutritional risk.

WIC provides nutritious foods, information on healthy eating, breastfeeding support and referrals to health care and social services. WIC has earned the reputation of being one of the most successful, cost-effective federally funded nutrition programs. Women who participate in WIC have healthier pregnancies leading to fewer low birth weight and premature infants.

For children WIC improves diets, ensures normal growth, reduces anemia, increases immunization rates and improves access to health care. NORWESCAP operates the WIC Program in Warren, Hunterdon, Sussex and Somerset Counties with 7 locations throughout the region. To qualify for the NORWESCAP WIC Program a family must meet income guidelines, live in New Jersey, and have a nutritional need (determined by the WIC staff). For more information call (800) 527-0125 or visit the WIC page

This institution is an equal opportunity provider.


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