The Ike Foundation Donates $5,000 to the Food Bank of South Jersey’s COVID-19 Emergency Food Response

Ike Foundation The Ike Foundation® has donated $5,000 to support the Food Bank of South Jersey as it continues to meet a 200 percent increase in food requests due to the food-insecurity impact of COVID-19.

PENNSAUKEN, NEW JERSEY – The Food Bank of South Jersey (FBSJ), South Jersey’s largest hunger-relief organization, reports The Ike Foundation® has donated $5,000 to the regional Feeding America food bank to support its COVID-19 emergency food distribution response, effective immediately.

Major League Fishing Bass Pro Mike Iaconelli and The Ike Foundation are currently hosting a ‘Fish Against Ike’ Virtual Bass Fishing Tournament. Iaconelli, a professional bass fisherman of over 20 years, has partnered with Fish Donkey for this app-based bass fishing tournament. “We appreciate the support of the 500 plus anglers across the country that participated in this fun fishing event and our sponsors who so generously donated as well. It’s an awesome thing to see the fishing community come together to help feed kids and families during this time of crisis”, states Iaconelli. Anglers made a $20 donation to participate, with proceeds going to these two organizations. The ‘Fish Against Ike’ Virtual Fishing Tournament has been a great way for people to get outside, maintain proper social distancing guidelines, go fishing AND help The Ike Foundation help kids during this difficult time. Weekly prizes were generously donated by corporate sponsors of Iaconelli and The Ike Foundation.

“We are so appreciative and deeply grateful for The Ike Foundation’s contribution to the Food Bank of South Jersey’s COVID-19 response efforts. This gift comes at a time of great and increasing need for our organization and for tens of thousands of South Jersey residents facing hunger,” reports Food Bank of South Jersey President & CEO Fred C. Wasiak. “This gift helps support our capacity to address the increasing requests for food, provide emergency food resources and strengthen our COVID-19 emergency response services to families, children, and seniors in need throughout South Jersey.”

ABOUT FOOD BANK OF SOUTH JERSEY

Marking its 35th year in 2020, 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 2019, FBSJ distributed over 15 million pounds of food, more than 230,000 summer meals and over 17,500 senior food boxes, as well as serving 95 health and wellness programs to more than 11,700 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.

ABOUT THE IKE FOUNDATION

The Ike Foundation® is a non-profit organization. The Mission of The Ike Foundation is to get more kids fishing and in the outdoors, especially youth in areas where those activities are not readily available. We support youth fishing clubs, civic groups and charitable organizations that promote the sport of fishing, the ecology of the outdoors and the responsibility each person has to maintain our planet’s natural resources. To learn more about Mike Iaconelli and The Ike Foundation go to www.mikeiaconelli.com and www.theikefoundation.org.