The AECDC received a call from the New Brunswick Police Domestic Violence Response Team and St. Mary's Apartments indicating that there was a need for Thanksgiving meals for low income families and seniors living in the area. Recently the federal food stamp program (SNAP—Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program) has suffered budget cuts that have impacted those populations.
Norka Torres, program director of the CDC, participated in the Robert Wood Johnson Community Health Fair on October 23 at the Lord Stirling School in New Brunswick. Assisting her at our table were high school students who are members of a school-based volunteer class. Partnering with the CDC was the New Brunswick Police Domestic Violence Response Team (DVRT). About twenty-five providers were at the fair, which provided free flu shots, diabetes screening as well as information on community resources.