Pennsauken, NJ – September 26, 2019 – Recognizing the mission of the Food Bank of South Jersey (FBSJ) to fight food insecurity in South Jersey and provide access to nutritious, sustainable food for hungry seniors, children, veterans and families, Bank of America recently donated $27,500 in support of FBSJ’s year-round child-feeding programs serving food-insecure residents in Burlington, Camden, Gloucester and Salem counties. FBSJ’s Bus Stop Café, Summer Feeding, and School Pantry will benefit from 100 percent of Bank of America’s generous donation.
Sponsored by Bank of America, FBSJ’s Hope Mobile rolled up to the outdoor food pantry organized in a dirt lot off Academy Road by members of Greater Promise Church, Glassboro, NJ, on a recent early morning. Loaded with chicken, rice, eggs, potatoes, beans, fruit and much more, FBSJ’s Hope Mobile was greeted by an energized and committed group of more than 20 Bank of America volunteers ready to unpack and distribute items to the dozens of food-insecure Gloucester County residents patiently waiting with empty carts, wagons, backpacks and shopping bags.
The feeling of the morning was one of gratitude, strength and community spirit as Bank of America’s Michelle Martino, Vice President, New Jersey Community Relations Manager, and her colleagues worked with Greater Promise Church volunteers to unpack scores of Hope Mobile boxes and line tables with bountiful food items. “Bank of America is committed to helping grow local economies and strengthen the communities we serve by combining local support and expertise with its national reach, connecting customers and communities across the country to the resources needed to thrive,” states Martino.
With a strong belief in the importance of employee volunteer hours, Bank of America employees throughout New Jersey have donated 326,000 hours of volunteer time to charitable causes since 2014. Additionally, since 2014, Bank of America has provided $22 million in grants and matching gifts through the Bank of America Charitable Foundation to support regional nonprofits addressing economic mobility and community needs.
“Bank of America is a valued partner in our mission, both financially and with energized and truly compassionate volunteer efforts,” FBSJ President and CEO Fred Wasiak shares. “With their commitment and support, we can continue delivering and elevating FBSJ’s mission to provide vital food resources to South Jersey residents facing food insecurity today.”
Right now, in Burlington, Camden, Gloucester and Salem counties, food-insecure residents need $77 million in food annually to cover the meal gap. While FBSJ provides food across these four local counties reaching a value of over $29 million annually, there is still much work to be done to eradicate hunger in South Jersey. It is estimated that more than 136,750 food insecure people reside in Burlington, Camden, Gloucester and Salem counties at this time – including children.
Fighting Food Insecurity in South Jersey
FBSJ’s Hope Mobile carries truckloads of food to communities lacking access to a viable network of food sources as well as to foods that comprise a well-balanced, nutrient-rich diet. An 18-wheel tractor trailer holds up to 45,000 pounds of food, the Hope Mobile during 2019 is delivering more than 1.2 million pounds of food to South Jersey’s food-insecure communities, providing an immediate solution to individuals of all ages and families in desperate need of nutritious food.
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 11 million pounds of food to approximately 200,000 South Jersey residents. Throughout 2018, FBSJ distributed 11 million pounds of food, including 75,000 after school snacks, 200,000 summer meals, 15,000 senior food boxes, as well as serving 95 health and wellness programs to more than 6,000 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.