NEW JERSEY – AUGUST 13, 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 – is pleased to announce that the PNC Foundation has awarded a $20,000 grant as part of the foundation’s philanthropic mission to form partnerships with community-based nonprofit organizations within the markets PNC serves.
“We could not be more appreciative to PNC for supporting us as we work to bring food to more than 95,000 people every month,” reports Fred C. Wasiak, President & CEO of the Food Bank of South Jersey. “Since our COVID-19 response began in March, we have distributed record-breaking volumes of food, surpassing all previous hunger-relief levels in terms of poundage and meal equivalents, with more than 7.6 million pounds of food and well over 40,000 emergency food boxes distributed between March and August – bringing our emergency hunger-relief distributions to the equivalent of one million meals distributed as of August 2020.”
Currently, the Food Bank of South Jersey’s COVID-19 emergency hunger-relief activities are continuing to address food-insecurity surges in Burlington, Camden, Gloucester and Salem counties.
The PNC Foundation supports nonprofit organizations that serve low-and moderate-income neighborhoods by improving living and working conditions. Support is given to organizations that help stabilize communities, eliminate blight and attract and retain businesses and residents to the community. The PNC Foundation’s priority is to form partnerships with community-based nonprofit organizations in order to enhance educational opportunities, with an emphasis on early childhood education, and to promote the growth of communities through economic development initiatives. The PNC Foundation supports a variety of nonprofit organizations with a special emphasis on those that work to achieve sustainability and touch a diverse population, in particular, those that support early childhood education and/or economic development. The PNC Foundation supports nonprofit organizations that serve low-and moderate-income neighborhoods by improving living and working conditions. Support is given to organizations that help stabilize communities, eliminate blight and attract and retain businesses and residents to the community. For more information, visit The PNC 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 www.foodbanksj.org. On Twitter, follow the Food Bank of South Jersey @foodbankSJ.