PENNSAUKEN, NEW JERSEY (Nov. 15, 2019) – The Food Bank of South Jersey (FBSJ) is pleased to announce it will honor longtime partner Dunkin’ with the “Champion Against Hunger Award” at its annual Viva South Jersey Gala Thursday, Nov. 21, 2019, recognizing Dunkin’s leadership, steadfast support and inspirational commitment to championing against food insecurity in South Jersey.
Throughout the past eight years, Dunkin’ has committed to the fight against hunger in the Greater Philadelphia region through its “Roast Hunger” program, benefitting five local food banks, including Food Bank of South Jersey. Since 2011, Dunkin’ has raised over $1.5 million to help hunger relief efforts in our area. This year, starting on Thanksgiving Day through December 20, for every large hot coffee purchased by DD Perks members, Dunkin’ will donate $1 to its regional food bank partners. Dunkin’ and its local Philadelphia-area franchisees also lend a hand by volunteering at their local food banks throughout the year.
“We truly appreciate Dunkin’s significant support of the Food Bank of South Jersey and are excited to present them with our highest honor,” reports Fred C. Wasiak, CEO, Food Bank of South Jersey. “Dunkin’ generously and with true partnership of spirit and action supports the Food Bank of South Jersey’s efforts to eradicate hunger and provide food security to individuals, children, families and seniors throughout South Jersey – we are extremely honored to celebrate and we commend them for their commitment to the Food Bank of South Jersey and the communities we serve.”
“Dunkin’ is so honored to be awarded with the “Champion Against Hunger Award” from our friends at Food Bank of South Jersey,” said Jessica Weissman, Field Marketing Manager for Dunkin’ Brands. “Together with the Food Bank of South Jersey, Dunkin’ will continue the fight against hunger throughout our region. Food insecurity is a growing issue here in Philadelphia and we are grateful to be able to support the Food Bank of South Jersey and their mission to provide a solution to the problem of hunger in our communities.”
The annual Viva South Jersey Gala takes place on Thursday, November 21, at 6:30 p.m. at the Riverton Country Club in Cinnaminson, NJ. This year’s gala theme – Mardi Gras – will feature performances by the Quaker City Mummers, recording artist CC Miles and classic soul and R&B band Epic Soul, plus lively casino games, silent and live auctions, delicious cuisine, cocktails and much more. CBS 3 Philadelphia Reporter Chandler Lutz will serve as the event emcee. All event proceeds benefit food-insecure families in South Jersey who do not have regular access to healthy, affordable food. This year’s Viva South Jersey Gala sponsors include, but is not limited to, Skippack Energy, Dunkin’, Canada Dry, Subaru of America, Ballard Spahr, Virtua Health, AAA, EJA/Capacity, The Barclay Group, Miles Technologies, APEX IT Group and more. Tickets for the event can be purchased online. To learn more about the event, click here.
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. 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.
Founded in 1950, Dunkin’ is America’s favorite all-day, everyday stop for coffee and baked goods. Dunkin’ is a market leader in the hot regular/decaf/flavored coffee, iced regular/decaf/flavored coffee, donut, bagel and muffin categories. Dunkin’ has earned a No. 1 ranking for customer loyalty in the coffee category by Brand Keys for 13 years running. The company has more than 13,000 restaurants in 41 countries worldwide. Based in Canton, Mass., Dunkin’ is part of the Dunkin’ Brands Group, Inc. (Nasdaq: DNKN) family of companies. For more information, visit www.DunkinDonuts.com.