PENNSAUKEN, NEW JERSEY – Sharing the Food Bank of South Jersey’s mission to bring hunger relief to Gloucester County’s most food-vulnerable families and children, the United Way of Gloucester County, a longtime friend and supporter of the Food Bank, granted $10,000 to strengthen the organization’s child feeding and school pantry initiatives impacting Gloucester County.
Currently, according to Feeding America’s most recently available Map the Meal Gap, Gloucester County holds 8,180 food-insecure children in a total food-insecure population of 26,860 individuals.
“We are deeply humbled and grateful for the unstinting support that the United Way of Gloucester County has given us to strengthen us in our fight against hunger in Gloucester County, particularly with a focus on alleviating child food insecurity and youth hunger,” states Fred C. Wasiak, President and CEO, Food Bank of South Jersey.
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.
The Food Bank’s efforts served Burlington, Camden, Gloucester and Salem counties.
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.