PENNSAUKEN, NEW JERSEY – On a mission to alleviate child food insecurity and youth hunger, the Food Bank of South Jersey, South Jersey’s largest hunger-relief organization, announces it has been awarded $30,000 by the ACME Foundation’s Nourishing Neighbors Community Relief Initiative to strengthen child feeding capacity and youth food distribution programming for South Jersey’s children.
Since the COVID-19 pandemic struck South Jersey in March 2020, the Food Bank of South Jersey has experienced a 200% spike in the demand for food from residents of Burlington, Camden, Gloucester and Salem counties. Fortunately, community partners, including ACME and the ACME Foundation, have supported the Food Bank of South Jersey during this time of surging hunger.
“We are immensely grateful to the ACME Foundation’s Nourishing Neighbors Community Relief Initiative for its generous contribution to our child feeding support and services,” reports Food Bank of South Jersey President & CEO Fred C. Wasiak. “Thanks to the ACME Foundation, South Jersey children, living with the daily threat of hunger, can eat nutritious meals providing much-needed sustenance to them, as well as hope.”
In the first 120 days of its response to the global COVID-19 pandemic, the Food Bank of South Jersey increased its capacity to serve a surging food-insecure population by distributing more than 7.6 million pounds of food, more than 34,250 emergency food boxes and feeding more than 94,800 people, including 35,000 children, during a massive food distribution initiative engineered to bring food, wellness and support to South Jersey.
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.
ACME Foundation’s Nourishing Neighbors Community Relief Initiative addresses child food insecurity specifically. The Food Bank of South Jersey will use the $30,000 to keep its child feeding programming and distributions strong. ACME Foundation’s Nourishing Neighbors raises awareness, engages volunteers and raises funds to support innovative and effective programs throughout the country focused on ensuring every child in America has access to a healthy breakfast.
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 Food Bank of South Jersey.