PENNSAUKEN, NEW JERSEY – JULY 27, 2020 – The ACME Foundation’s Nourishing Neighbors initiative has awarded a $10,000 grant to the Food Bank of South Jersey to help South Jersey’s largest hunger-relief organization sustain its massive COVID-19 emergency food response. To date, the Food Bank of South Jersey has distributed more than 7.6 million pounds of food in direct response to the hunger crisis brought to South Jersey by COVID-19.
“We are deeply appreciative to this support from ACME Nourishing Neighbors for nourishing our community and standing with us to provide vital food resources to our neighbors throughout Burlington, Camden, Gloucester and Salem counties during this time of COVID-19,” Food Bank of South Jersey President and CEO Fred C. Wasiak states. “Households throughout South Jersey are struggling at this time to put food on the table. Tens of thousands of our South Jersey neighbors are facing hunger every day – many for the first time, due to the economic and unemployment impact of COVID-19.”
In the first 120 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 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. To date, the Food Bank is experiencing a 44 percent increase of food distributed as compared to the same time period last year – with the first half of 2019 showing a food distribution total of 6.9 million pounds, and the first half of 2020, including COVID-19 response, recording a 9.9 million total in food distribution.
ACME is a member of the Albertsons Family of stores. As an extension of Albertsons Companies Nourishing Neighbors (formerly Hunger Is) program – a program to support hunger relief organizations, with a particular focus on breakfast programs for kids – the Help Feed Families In Need During This Crisis initiative, supports neighborhood COVID-19 response efforts, including providing support to regional food banks to support emergency food distribution programs at schools, senior centers and related food support programming. Nourishing Neighbors is an initiative of the Albertsons Companies Foundation.
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.
During 2020, with COVID-19 bringing school closures, stay-at-home orders, record-breaking unemployment and rising poverty, FBSJ within the first 120 days of response to the COVID-19 crisis distributed more than seven million pounds of food throughout its four-county region of impact, including the distribution of more than 34,500 emergency food boxes to food-insecure populations, increasing its partner agency network to over 200 and serving over 94,000 food-insecure South Jersey residents each month, including the distribution of more than 218,375 nutritious breakfasts and lunches to more than 35,000 food-insecure South Jersey children. To learn more, visit Food Bank of South Jersey.