FOOD BANK OF SOUTH JERSEY ASKS SOUTH JERSEY TO TAKE ACTION TO END HUNGER

FOOD BANK OF SOUTH JERSEY ASKS SOUTH JERSEY TO TAKE ACTION TO END HUNGER

 Feeding America® Network Food Banks across the Country Unite for Hunger Action Month.

PENNSAUKEN, NJ – SEPTEMBER 4, 2019 – Right now, in Camden, Burlington, Gloucester and Salem counties, our neighbors need $77 million in food annually to cover the meal gap. While the Food Bank of South Jersey provides food across these four local counties reaching a value of over $29 million annually, there is clearly still much work to be done to eradicate hunger – and put food on the table for our South Jersey family, friends and neighbors.

That is why, this September, the Food Bank of South Jersey joins Feeding America food banks across the country to take part in Hunger Action Month and inspire people to take action and raise awareness of the fact that 40 million Americans, including 12.5 million children and 5.5 million seniors, are food insecure.

“People facing hunger throughout South Jersey are our neighbors, classmates, co-workers, families and friends – food insecurity can impact any household at any time,” Food Bank of South Jersey President & CEO Fred Wasiak shares. “It is imperative that the people, families and communities we serve have access to enough food to thrive, especially our children who cannot grow, succeed or learn when hungry. In the fight against hunger – every action counts.”

Throughout September, the Food Bank of South Jersey is supporting Hunger Action Month with the following key initiatives:

  • Dine Out for Hunger is a region-wide public awareness and fundraising campaign for Hunger Action Month. It unities restaurants, consumers and the FBSJ in an effort to highlight the global issue of hunger that affects our local community. Restaurants will donate at least 10 percent of proceeds to the Food Bank of South Jersey to feed children, families, seniors and veterans in Burlington, Camden, Gloucester and Salem counties. Learn More.
  • Food Truck Friday is back! Come out Friday, Sept. 27 from 11 am to 2 pm and enjoy the best food trucks in the area! A portion of all proceeds will be donated to the Food Bank of South Jersey to fight hunger in our community! Learn more.
  • GIVE 40! All month long, we are raising funds in a campaign Give $40 to Feed 40,000 South Jersey Children. The goal is to help 40,000 food insecure South Jersey children go back to school with the nutrition and sustenance they need to concentrate on their busy school days – not on empty stomachs. Giving $40 to help 40,000 children in our region is a big mission for FBSJ during Hunger Action Month. Please help us help our region’s kids start the school year right. Donate to #Give40.

“Hunger Action Month is a time for us to take action and help our neighbors and friends struggling to put food on the table,” says Claire Babineaux-Fontenot, CEO of Feeding America. “Every state and every county in this country have people facing hunger. Our network of food banks and partner food pantries and meal programs are positioned to serve all of them. You can help at the local level by volunteering, engaging, advocating and donating, and together we can end hunger one helping at a time.”

September marks the 12th year the Feeding America network has organized this annual call to action.  To learn more about Food Bank of South Jersey and other ways you can get involved for Hunger Action Month, please visit foodbanksj.org. You can also join the conversation by posting photos or stories to social media with#HungerActionMonth.

About the Food Bank of South Jersey

The Food Bank of South Jersey (FBSJ) is the leader in providing safe and nutritional food to people in need throughout South Jersey. FBSJ distributes food, provides nutrition education and cooking courses, and helps food-insecure families and seniors find sustainable ways to improve their lives.

In 2018, FBSJ provided over 10 million pounds of food to approximately 200,000 South Jersey residents. Providing community impact through local support, FBSJ ensures that local donations stay local. FBSJ is a member of Feeding America, our nation’s largest hunger-relief organization. To learn more, visit www.foodbanksj.org.