PENNSAUKEN, NEW JERSEY – AUGUST 3, 2020 – The Food Bank of South Jersey – South Jersey’s largest hunger-relief organization and a member of the Feeding America network of national food banks – has received a grant in the amount of $25,000 from Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Jersey. The donation made through The Horizon Foundation for New Jersey supports its Eating Well and Diabetes program across Burlington, Camden, Gloucester and Salem counties.
“We could not be more appreciative to The Horizon Foundation for New Jersey for supporting us as we work to provide stability to food-insecure families across our region,” reports Fred C. Wasiak, President & CEO of the Food Bank of South Jersey. “The goal of this program is to help economically disadvantaged individuals who have a risk for or are living with diabetes learn to better manage their condition and improve their overall health.”
The Food Bank’s Eating Well and Diabetes program is a series of classes that provide nutritional guidance and cooking techniques to individuals or caretakers of those with diabetes or pre-diabetes. The program also partners with local healthcare professionals to offer clinical screenings and one-on-one counseling with a nurse or dietician. Through the grant, FBSJ will conduct 25 sessions of Eating Well and Diabetes to teach adults, children and seniors about how healthy eating can help manage or prevent diabetes.
The Horizon Foundation for New Jersey is committed to working alongside those who can help us improve our neighbors’ health, inform their health decisions and inspire them to lead healthier, more fulfilling lives. The Foundation’s mission is to support organization’s that make New Jersey healthier. The Foundation has three funding pillars, Caring, Connecting and Creating. Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Jersey is the sole member of The Horizon Foundation for New Jersey, both of which are independent licensees of the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association. For more information please visit http://community.horizonblue.com. Follow @HZNFoundation for updates about The Horizon Foundation for New Jersey programs, grants and the activities of our grantees. Follow @HorizonBCBSNJ for up-to-date news and updates about Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield of New 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 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.