As we rebuild, we must find a way to close the digital divide

Similarly, many of our clients obtain information about SNAP (food stamps), welfare and other programs offered by the Mercer County Board of Social Services through interaction with our case manager and through discussions with other clients as they eat their lunch at TASK. With the closure of TASK’s facility, these opportunities to obtain vitally needed information are also no longer available, as are the various internet-based job-hunting resources we offer. A study on delivering workforce services published this month by the Heldrich Center at Rutgers University found that 88% of workforce development staff reported their clients lack the appropriate technologies for using online services.

Opinion on NJ.com, May 19, 2020