PENNSAUKEN, NEW JERSEY – During its unprecedented time of COVID-19 emergency food distribution efforts, the Food Bank of South Jersey (FBSJ), South Jersey’s largest hunger-relief organization, is making good use of a new, state-of-the-art forklift provided through the generosity of a $10,000 grant from Bank of America.
“We are truly grateful for this tremendous new addition to our warehouse management operations equipment – we are moving thousands of pounds of food a minute, with millions of pounds of food moving throughout our warehouse in the span of days,” reports Food Bank of South Jersey President and CEO Fred C. Wasiak. “We are deeply appreciative to Bank of America for this vital and powerful addition to our operational strength as we serve South Jersey.”
With COVID-19 greatly impacting South Jersey starting in early 2020, bringing school closures, stay-at-home orders, record-breaking unemployment and rising poverty, the Food Bank of South Jersey – the region’s largest hunger-relief organization – within the first 90 days of response to the COVId-19 crisis distributed more than five million pounds of food throughout approximately 60 dedicated locations within its four-county region of impact, including the distribution of more than 20,000 emergency food boxes to food-insecure populations.
A compassionate partner and supporter of the Food Bank of South Jersey, Bank of America helps build thriving communities by addressing issues fundamental to economic health and sustainability, including advancing economic mobility by addressing issues related to workforce development and education, community development and basic operational and functional needs. Bank of America reports it is committed to advancing economic and social progress through investments focused on workforce development, basic needs and community development.
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.
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