Feeling Thankful: How You Have the Power to Help a Family in Need


Every Thanksgiving, my family starts our holiday meal with the annual tradition of going around the table and expressing what each of us is thankful for this year. Although each of us shares a personal story individual to our own lives, we’re all almost always unified in our gratitude for simply being together around a warm meal with our family members.

For too many in South Jersey, food insecurity is something that prevents them from being able to enjoy a holiday meal with their families. In fact, nearly 200,000 individuals face food insecurity in South Jersey, including families faced with the decision of having to spend a hard-earned paycheck on bills that pay for the cost of their home or the food to create a bountiful holiday meal.

You have the power to help this holiday season by donating a meal to help a family in need through a variety of ways…


  1. Visit the Food Bank for the Annual Turkey DropOn Saturday, November 18th local residents can visit the Food Bank of South Jersey’s headquarters in Pennsauken from 9 am – 3 pm to drop off a frozen turkey and any traditional fixings for their annual turkey drop. The food bank works with more than 250 agencies throughout Burlington, Gloucester, Salem, and Camden counties to distribute meals to all those families whose food insecurity may prevent them from enjoying a holiday meal.
  2. Host a Food Drive to Benefit Local Neighbors in Need – Food drives are an essential component to FBSJ’s operation and especially help during the holiday season when items like frozen turkeys, stuffing mix, and canned vegetables are in high demand. FBSJ is encouraging local businesses, organizations, residents, and friends to get involved by hosting a food drive to support Harvest Season. Instructions can be found on their website at www.foodbanksj.org/fooddrive. For those individuals who may not be able to collect food but are still looking for ways to help, they can organize a “Virtual Food Drive” by collecting monetary donations. This is especially helpful as just $1 is able to provide 5 meals to a family in need.
  3. Make a Donation OnlinePerhaps the most impactful means of helping, making a monetary donation ensures that you are helping your community to your fullest capacity. Just $1 is able to fund FIVE meals for a family in need. Make your donation by clicking here today!
  4. Shop for a Good Cause – The holiday season is all about gift-giving, and although there are days like Black Friday to make sure shoppers are getting a bargain, we’re promoting a global day of giving on November 28th called Giving Tuesday where shoppers are reminded to give a gift to their communities in need. To learn more about how to get involved, interested individuals can go to foodbanksj.org