PENNSAUKEN, NEW JERSEY – As the Food Bank of South Jersey celebrated its milestone 35th anniversary on Wednesday, June 24, 2020, its friend in community care WHYY raised 600 meals during a 12-hour radio and email campaign to support the Food Bank’s hunger-relief efforts in South Jersey – strengthening the regional Feeding America food bank’s mission to fight hunger in the Garden State.
“WHYY was honored to be able to celebrate the Food Bank of South Jersey’s 35th anniversary during our June membership on air campaign. On Wednesday, June 24, we invited our audience to join WHYY and for every pledge WHYY received, WHYY donated a meal to someone in need through the Food Bank of South Jersey,” reports Suzanne Fiske, Director, On Air Development, WHYY. “We are thrilled to share WHYY is able to support the Food Bank’s important efforts by contributing 600 meals, thanks to the generosity of our on-air supporters.”
In the first 90 days of its response to the global COVID-19 pandemic, the Food Bank of South Jersey – South Jersey’s largest hunger-relief organization – increased its capacity to serve a surging food-insecure population of South Jersey by distributing more than five million pounds of food, more than 22,000 emergency food boxes and feeding approximately 90,000 people during a three-month operational expansion dedicated to feeding food-insecure residents impacted by COVID-19.
During the COVID-19 crisis, the Food Bank of South Jersey remained in operation continuously, expanding and strengthening its capacity to distribute record high volumes of food throughout Burlington, Camden, Gloucester and Salem counties. With a focus on low-to-no contact food distributions, including emergency food box drive-up food distributions at approximately 60 regional locations, the Food Bank skillfully shifted operations to meet and exceed the demands of a 200 percent increase in food insecurity throughout its four-county region of service.
“We greatly appreciate WHYY standing with us as we support the food-insecure communities of South Jersey,” states Fred C. Wasiak, President and CEO, Food Bank of South Jersey. “We could not do what we do, as South Jersey’s largest hunger-relief organization, without the support, resources and compassion of outstanding regional partners, supporters and friends.”
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.