PENNSAUKEN, NEW JERSEY – The Food Bank of South Jersey, South Jersey’s largest hunger-relief organization, announces Cargill, a longstanding Feeding America partner in the fight to end hunger, has awarded a $40,000 grant to strengthen the Food Bank’s hunger-relief efforts. The Food Bank of South Jersey is a Feeding America food bank.
Currently, 1 in 9 adults and 1 in 8 children in South Jersey are food insecure. The Food Bank of South Jersey, during June 2020, distributed its highest one-month food distribution total in its 35-year history: 2 million pounds of food. The increase in food distribution efforts, which are record-breaking at this time for the South Jersey hunger-relief leader, are due directly to the impact of the global pandemic COVID-19.
“We are tremendously appreciative to Cargill for their generous donation to support our hunger-relief response for South Jersey,” Food Bank of South Jersey President and CEO Fred C. Wasiak said. “We are continuing to meet an accelerated need for food throughout our region due to the impact of COVID-19 – currently serving more than 94,000 food-insecure Garden State residents each month. We deeply thank Cargill for helping us continue our service and support to alleviate hunger in South Jersey.”
With COVID-19 bringing school closures, stay-at-home orders, record-breaking unemployment and rising poverty to South Jersey, the Food Bank within the first 120 days of response to the COVID-19 crisis distributed more than 7 million pounds of food throughout its four-county region of impact, including the distribution of more than 34,500 emergency food boxes, serving over 94,000 food-insecure South Jersey residents each month.
“On behalf of Cargill, thank you so much for your team’s incredible efforts to to provide meals to those in need in our communities,” Pete Stoddart, North American Corporate Responsibility Director, Cargill, shared in statements to the Food Bank of South Jersey. “We have a longtime relationship with Feeding America as a national organization. On behalf of the entire Cargill team in New Jersey, we applaud your commitment to serving our communities’ needs at this important time.”
During this unprecedented time, Cargill is working around the clock with farmers and its customers – the world’s food retailers and service providers – to continue feeding the world safely, responsibly and sustainably. The company reports its commitment to doing the right thing, putting people first and reaching higher will continue to guide every decision the organization makes, committing $35 million to COVID-19 relief and recovery efforts through global and regional partnerships, product donations and employee personal giving. Michelle Grogg, Vice President of Corporate Responsibility and Sustainable Development at Cargill shared in a statement earlier this year in reference to standing strong with communities during COVID-19 response: “Our thoughts are with all those who have been impacted by the virus as we continue to work with our partners on global and local relief efforts.”
The Food Bank of South Jersey’s COVID-19 hunger-relief response continues.
Cargill’s 155,000 employees across 70 countries work relentlessly to achieve our purpose of nourishing the world in a safe, responsible and sustainable way. Every day, we connect farmers with markets, customers with ingredients, and people and animals with the food they need to thrive. We combine 155 years of experience with new technologies and insights to serve as a trusted partner for food, agriculture, financial and industrial customers in more than 125 countries. Side-by-side, we are building a stronger, sustainable future for agriculture. To learn more, visit www.cargill.com.
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 services Burlington, Camden, Gloucester and Salem counties. FBSJ is a member of Feeding America, our nation’s largest hunger-relief organization. To learn more, visit www.foodbanksj.org.