Thanks to remarkable people, like you, and so many first time donors, as well as partners, supporters, sponsors, volunteers and friends, I am grateful to be able to share with you that, as you read this, tens of thousands of people are being fed. With the support of our remarkable South Jersey community, we distributed more than 22.5 million pounds of food in 2020, up from 15 million pounds distributed in 2019. Meals provided rose to 18.7 million meals in 2020 as compared to 13 million in 2019 – a sobering demonstration of the escalated hunger threat.
With 2021 taking form, we are resolute in our commitment to continue providing our region with the
life-sustaining food, nutrition leadership and community hope it needs to truly be South Jersey Strong.
With an organizational vision to continue to grow our neighborhood reach and infuse South Jersey with food, as well as sustainable health and wellness resources, our intention for 2021 is to continue expanding our partnering initiatives to further grow our network of food distribution, as well as foster initiatives that provide support to fight systemic poverty. Only through the addressment and response to the plight of systemic poverty will we enable and empower a food-secure South Jersey.
In closing, I’d like to share with you a wonderful new donor I met recently, Vindhya Mavuri. A seventh grader from Burlington County, Vindhya made and sold 135 cake pops which turned into a $135 donation to our hunger-relief efforts – providing 405 meals! It took Vindhya 12 hours to make and sell all those delicious cake pops – and we are so grateful to her.
Thinking of ways to help others is so important.
Actually taking the time to help others is heroic. When it comes to the battle against hunger, there is no hero too small, no effort too understated – one cake pop can make a difference. So to my new friend Vindhya, and to all of you, I hope you know how heroic you all are in helping us to feed South Jersey. It is because of your efforts we stand strong, resilient and energized for the year ahead.
Fred C. Wasiak
President & CEO