NEW JERSEY – SEPTEMBER 2, 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 Atlantic City Electric has awarded a $12,000 grant as part its mission to form partnerships with community-based nonprofit organizations within the markets it serves.
“We could not be more appreciative to Atlantic City Electric 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 – we could not do what we do without the support, care and friendship of remarkable regional leaders, like Atlantic City Electric.”
Atlantic City Electric invests in organizations that support education, the environment, arts, culture, community, and neighborhood development programs. With a proven track record in addressing key community needs, Atlantic City Electric focuses its funding on programs that can deliver measurable and sustainable improvements throughout the communities who depend on its service and support. Atlantic City Electric supports a philosophy that strong, thriving communities are critical to its success and that of its customers and employees. Through its employee giving campaign and the company’s own charitable outreach programs, Atlantic City Electric supports a wide variety of community and nonprofit organizations.
Currently, the Food Bank of South Jersey’s COVID-19 emergency hunger-relief activities are continuing to address escalated food-insecurity in Burlington, Camden, Gloucester and Salem counties. Presently, the hunger-relief organization is serving more than 95,000 people each month, with more than nine million pounds of food – the equivalent of over seven million meals – distributed throughout South Jersey since March 2020. With more nearly 45,000 emergency food boxes – totaling more than one million meals – distributed throughout its four-county region since March 2020, the organization provides a consistent source of life-enriching support to the food-vulnerable populations that depend on it for sustenance, wellness and hope.
Atlantic City Electric is a unit of Exelon Corporation (Nasdaq: EXC), the nation’s leading energy provider, with approximately 10 million customers. Atlantic City Electric provides safe and reliable energy service to approximately 560,000 customers in southern New Jersey. For more information, visit www.atlanticcityelectric.com.
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 150 days of response to the COVID-19 crisis, distributed more than nine million pounds of food throughout its four-county region of impact, including the distribution of nearly 45,000 emergency food boxes totaling the equivalent to more than one million meals to food-insecure populations, increasing its partner agency network to over 200 and serving over 95,000 food-insecure South Jersey residents each month, including the distribution of 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.