SPRING NEWSLETTER: A Message From Our President & CEO

Fred c. WAsiak

President & CEO Food Bank of South Jersey


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A message from our President & CEO

Where do I begin…

My hope for you is that this newsletter finds you and your family healthy, safe and managing to the best of your ability what are truly extraordinary days for us all.

In this, our Spring 2020 newsletter, I had originally intended to focus on recognizing our thousands of incredible volunteers in honor of Volunteer Appreciation Month and updating you joyfully on the impending milestone of the Food Bank of South Jersey’s anniversary – June 24, 2020 officially marks our 35th year of feeding South Jersey.

Unfortunately, my message must deviate to focus on what has impacted us all, the Coronavirus (COVID-19) and its impact on South Jersey, and our nation. You may have seen us featured in recent weeks by the Courier-Post, NBC-10, CBS 3 or PHL-17, as well as Fox 29’s Good Day Philadelphia, NJ.com and more regional media.

The reason for the attention is the rise in food insecurity in our region due directly to COVID-19. The impact of COVID-19 on hunger stability in South Jersey is devastating.

  • We are seeing a 200 percent increase in requests for food, as people throughout our region face job loss. We are seeing thousands of children deprived of regular school feeing programs. We are addressing these issues, and more. Here is a glimpse at what we are doing right now, to help feed South Jersey at this time.
  • We are fully operational: Our teams in logistics, warehousing, distribution, advocacy, volunteer management and community engagement are working tirelessly to ensure the flow of food is consistent to our region’s most food-insecure communities.
  • We are expanding food distributions: Leveraging our strength as South Jersey’s largest hunger-relief organization, we are expanding capacity and services to provide emergency food resources and greatly extended food distribution services to all in need during this time.
  • We are adhering to CDC guidance: We are working closely with State and Federal officials to conduct operations in the safest and most efficient ways, keeping social distancing protocols a priority at all food distribution sites throughout our region.
  • We are responding! We are currently packing emergency food boxes for distribution throughout our region – with emphasis on supplying nutritious, fresh and shelf-stable food resources for individuals, children, families and seniors.

Despite the obstacles and sacrifices we are all experiencing during these days of COVID-19, the Food Bank of South Jersey is stronger than ever. We are managing the flow of food for our region and will continue to provide hunger relief to all who need our help.

As we journey through 2020 together, the values that will guide us – Service, Dedication, Collaboration, Integrity and Versatility – will champion us forward as we serve the nutrition and wellness needs of our food-insecure neighbors.

We are the Food Bank of South Jersey.