Feeding Our Children: The Abbott Fund Awards $10,000 to Food Bank of South Jersey

PENNSAUKEN, NEW JERSEY – The Food Bank of South Jersey, South Jersey’s largest hunger-relief organization, reports its deep appreciation and gratitude to the Abbott Fund for a $10,000 contribution to strengthen the organization’s hunger-relief BackPack Program efforts for children in Burlington, Camden, Gloucester and Salem counties.

Currently, 1 in 8 children in South Jersey are food insecure.

There are more than 865,900 people living with food insecurity in the State of New Jersey today. Of these, 260,340 are children. In South Jersey, more than 136,750 people – 1 in 9 adults and 1 in every 8 children – are struggling with food insecurity in Burlington, Camden, Gloucester and Salem counties alone. Living in the four-county region served by the Food Bank of South Jersey, there are approximately 40,000 food-insecure children.

“Thanks to this $10,000 grant from the Abbott Fund, the Food Bank of South Jersey is able to supply backpacks filled with food every week to hungry children in our community,” reports Food Bank of South Jersey President & CEO Fred C. Wasiak. “The Backpack Program is designed to improve the health and wellness of low-income children and their families.”

The children who receive backpacks come from extremely poor families and are at risk of missing meals on the weekends and over school breaks. Supporters, such as Abbott Fund, help the Food Bank of South Jersey and other Feeding America food banks across the United States to meet the challenge of childhood food insecurity.

Thanks to the generosity of supporters, including the Abbott Fund, the Food Bank of South Jersey provides partner agencies with backpacks filled with nutritious perishable and non-perishable food items that are discretely distributed to school children as they head home on weekends or for school breaks – providing important snacks and meals for children in food-insecure households.

The BackPack Program

As a Feeding America food bank, the Food Bank of South Jersey participates in Feeding America’s BackPack Program. For more than 15 years, the Feeding America network’s BackPack Program and community healthcare supporters have worked to solve this problem, sending kids home with backpacks filled with nutritious food and juices for themselves and their families. Kids receive their backpacks discreetly on Fridays, helping them learn about adopting healthy behaviors and providing enough food for a family of four to last the weekend. This work is part of Abbott’s broader support for Feeding America. Abbott and the Abbott Fund are longtime supporters of Feeding America’s BackPack Program. For more than 20 years, Abbott and Feeding America have worked together to help meet critical community needs across the country. During this time, Abbott has donated more than $100 million in nutritional products to Feeding America.

About Abbott

Abbott is a global healthcare leader that helps people live more fully at all stages of life. Its portfolio of life-changing technologies spans the spectrum of healthcare, with leading businesses and products in diagnostics, medical devices, nutritionals and branded generic medicines. More than 107,000 colleagues serve people in more than 160 countries. Twitter @AbbottNews and @AbbottGlobal. For more information, visit www.abbott.com.

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 services Burlington, Camden, Gloucester and Salem counties. FBSJ is a member of Feeding America, our nation’s largest hunger-relief organization. The Food Bank of South Jersey is a Feeding America food bank. To learn more, visit www.foodbanksj.org.