MORRISTOWN, NJ, AND PENNSAUKEN, NJ – JULY 28, 2020 – The New Jersey Pandemic Relief Fund (NJPRF) and New Jersey’s major food banks, including the Food Bank of South Jersey – South Jersey’s largest hunger-relief organization – are joining forces to address two crucial and overlooked areas of intense need: disposable diapers and feminine care products.
After conducting surveys, NJPRF has quantified the need faced by the Food Bank of South Jersey, Community FoodBank of New Jersey (CFNBJ) and Fulfill: 3.25 million diapers and 502,000 menstrual pads to be distributed over the coming months through their networks directly to clients. All four organizations are teaming up for a fundraising campaign to raise $550,000. A $50 donation can provide 170 diapers to families in need or 12 women with a 24-pack of menstrual pads. The campaign is seeded with a $25,000 donation from NJPRF, $25,000 from the Food Bank of South Jersey, $100,000 from CFBNJ and $25,000 from Fulfill.
“Even in normal times, one-in-three families are unable to purchase an adequate supply of diapers, and one-in-four women cannot consistently afford feminine products,” reports Tammy Murphy, First Lady of New Jersey and Founding Chair of NJPRF. National studies repeatedly show that reliable access to these products is crucial to physical, emotional, and economic well-being. Neither diapers nor feminine care products are available to be purchased with SNAP (formerly called “food stamps”) or Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) federal assistance programs, making it crucial that NJPRF step-up to address this urgent need.
Without this support, Food Banks are struggling to meet the increased demand from new clients – of which many are seeking assistance for the first time in their lives – and returning, traditional clients.
Currently, approximately 40 percent of food recipients turning to the Food Bank of South Jersey are first-time food support recipients. 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.
“We are proud to be partnering with the Community FoodBank of New Jersey, Fulfill, and the Food Bank of South Jersey for this crucial program,” states Josh Weinreich, CEO of NJPRF. “New Jerseyans care for and support one another, especially during times of need. That is why we are excited to launch our targeted donation portal, which allows our generous donors to send help where and how it’s needed most.”
Weinreich said NJPRF would be using the hashtag #Jersey4Jersey to share information about future targeted campaigns and encouraged all donors to use social media to help raise awareness.
To donate to this campaign, visit NJPRF’s new “Specific Needs” donation portal. In addition to diapers and feminine care products, NJPRF will update the portal with various fundraising campaigns for much-needed supplies for people, families, and organizations throughout the state of New Jersey.
The Impact of Lacking Access to Diapers to Period Products*
*Statistics taken from National Diaper Bank Network and the Community Food Bank of New Jersey.
New Jersey Pandemic Relief Fund (NJPRF) exists to meet four critical challenges of our state in the face of the COVID-19 crisis: stop the spread, support the healthcare community, provide help for the vulnerable, and rebuild our communities. NJPRF supports organizations that provide essential services and aiding those on the front line of the pandemic. One hundred percent of all online donations will go directly to help those in need. Visit NJPRF.org to donate.
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 www.foodbanksj.org. On Twitter, follow the Food Bank of South Jersey @foodbankSJ.