NJ Updates: Thanksgiving in New Jersey

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November 18th, 2023

State of New Jersey

NJ Updates: Events, Deadlines, Programs, Guidance, and More

Want to know about current topics in New Jersey? The State of New Jersey Update features information, news, resources, guidance, and more. Additional featured news is also available at NJ.gov.

Transgender.NJ.gov: A Key Resource for Transgender and Non-Binary New Jerseyans

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New Jersey is a safe haven for transgender people. During Transgender Awareness Week, visit the NJ Transgender Information Hub. The site features key resources for the transgender community: change a legal name, access gender-affirming healthcare, find mental health support, and more.

Transgender Awareness Week takes place the week before Transgender Day of Remembrance on November 20th. Transgender Day of Remembrance is an annual observance on November 20th that honors the memory of transgender people whose lives were lost in acts of anti-transgender violence.


Find Food Assistance for the Holiday Season


If you or your family need help putting food on the table for Thanksgiving, throughout the holidays, or beyond, the following organizations have resources to help you find food pantries and other assistance in your area. If you are not in need of food assistance, consider donating food or other resources.

Lend a Helping Hand to Fight Hunger This Holiday Season


If you or your family members would like to lend a helping hand during Thanksgiving or this holiday season, there are numerous opportunities to  donate time or resources. The organizations listed above, Jersey Cares, The Community Food Bank of New Jersey, and the Trenton Area Soup Kitchen are just a few of the organizations that welcome your help putting food on New Jerseyans' tables this holiday season.

You can also reach out to a local charity or service organization in your community. Visit Jersey Cares to find volunteer opportunities near you.

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Keep the Power on This Winter

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If you are having trouble paying your home energy bills, you may be eligible to avoid disconnection through the Winter Termination Program. Until March 15th, 2024, people unable to pay their home energy bills due to circumstances beyond their control and people receiving certain types of public assistance can receive forbearance by contacting their utility company.

Individuals or families experiencing homelessness or at risk of homelessness can contact their county social service agency for assistance. After business hours, call 2-1-1 or visit NJ211.org.

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Shop Small on Small Business Saturday

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Small Business Saturday is Saturday, November 25th, 2023. Help boost your local economy by supporting the diverse range of local businesses that create jobs and enhance neighborhoods around New Jersey.

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Open Enrollment is Here! Get Covered, New Jersey

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Need health insurance? Find quality, affordable health coverage today! Compare 2024 plans with the Get Covered New Jersey Shop and Compare tool and find out if you are eligible for financial help in just a few minutes. All you need is your zip code, birth date, and income.

Nine in 10 people who enroll through Get Covered New Jersey qualify for financial assistance with health insurance premiums, and many pay $10 per month or less.

Open enrollment is the one time of year anyone can shop for a plan, so residents should view their options now.

The Open Enrollment Period for 2024 coverage at Get Covered New Jersey will run until January 31st, 2024. Consumers must enroll by December 31st, 2023 for coverage starting January 1st, 2024; if they enroll by January 31st, 2024, coverage will begin February 1st, 2024.

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State Offices Closed for Thanksgiving Holiday


All State offices will be closed for Thanksgiving, Thursday, November 23rd, 2023.

Fall is in the Air… So Are Respiratory Viruses

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Cold and flu season is upon us. New Jerseyans are encouraged to take precautions to keep themselves and their loved ones healthy.

Basic strategies to prevent the spread of viruses include staying up to date on your vaccinations, washing your hands often, coughing or sneezing into your elbow, and staying home if you're feeling or are sick.

Check with your health care provider to learn how best to protect yourself and your family from the flu, COVID-19, and RSV, especially if you have a weakened immune system.

Find locations offering COVID-19 vaccines on vaccines.gov. Visit NJ.gov/health/vaccines for more information. Free COVID-19 test kits are available from the federal government.

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