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Food Bank of South Jersey Attains Coveted 4-Star Charity Navigator Rating

Recognized for its financial health, transparency and accountability, the Food Bank of South Jersey attains a ‘perfect score’ from Charity Navigator in earning a four-star rating for exceeding industry standards in executing its mission with financial responsibility and ethical clarity.

PENNSAUKEN, NEW JERSEY – The Food Bank of South Jersey, the largest hunger-relief organization serving South Jersey, has been recognized for its financial health, transparency and accountability by Charity Navigator, attaining Charity Navigator’s highest possible four-star rating for exceeding industry standards and outperforming in executing its mission in a financially efficient way.

“We are proud to announce that the Food Bank of South Jersey has earned our highest possible rating which indicates that your organization adheres to sector best practices and executes its mission in a financially efficient way,” reports Michael Thatcher, President and CEO, Charity Navigator, an independent nonprofit charity evaluator.

Attaining a four-star rating verifies that Food Bank of South Jersey exceeds industry standards and outperforms most charities in its area of work. This exceptional designation and powerful recognition from Charity Navigator sets Food Bank of South Jersey apart from its peers and demonstrates to the public its trustworthiness. Approximately only a quarter of rated charities have achieved this distinction.

Throughout the COVID-19 crisis, the Food Bank of South Jersey remained in operation continuously, expanding and strengthening our capacity to distribute record high volumes of food throughout Burlington, Camden, Gloucester and Salem counties. The Food Bank of South Jersey, a member of the Feeding America network of leading food banks, distributed more than 22.5 million pounds of food, the equivalent of over 18 million meals, during 2020.

“Our ability to feed our food-insecure neighbors during the COVID-19 pandemic would have been impossible without the immense help and support of compassionate donors, partners, supporters, volunteers and friends,” reports Fred C. Wasiak, President and CEO, Food Bank of South Jersey. “We are incredibly grateful for the outpouring of community support we have seen over the past year and we are judiciously drawing upon these resources to meet today’s need and plan for the recovery ahead.”

With more than 1.5 million American charities, Charity Navigator aims to accentuate the work of efficient and transparent organizations. The intent of Charity Navigator’s work is to provide donors with essential information to give them greater confidence in both the charitable decisions that they make and the nonprofit sector.

Charity Navigator assesses more than 1.6 million charitable organizations for financial health, accountability and transparency to guide donation decisions, according to its website. It does not charge the organizations for its evaluations, nor the public to access the information.

ABOUT CHARITY NAVIGATOR

Charity Navigator is the world’s largest and most-utilized independent charity evaluator. The organization guides informed giving by evaluating the financial health, accountability, and transparency of charities and by providing data for more than 1.6 million nonprofits, accessed more than 12 million times annually. Charity Navigator does not charge the organizations it evaluates, ensuring unbiased evaluations, nor does it charge the public for this trusted data. As a result, Charity Navigator, a 501(c)(3) public charity itself, depends on support from individuals, corporations, and foundations that believe it provides a much-needed service to America’s charitable givers. For more information, visit www.charitynavigator.org.

ABOUT THE FOOD BANK OF SOUTH JERSEY

Marking its 36th year in 2021, 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 2020, with COVID-19 bringing school closures, stay-at-home orders, record-breaking unemployment and rising poverty, FBSJ distributed more than 22.5 million pounds of food – the equivalent of over 18.7 million meals – throughout its four-county region of impact: Burlington, Camden, Gloucester and Salem counties, increasing its partner agency network to over 210 and serving over 95,000 food-insecure South Jersey residents each month.

During 2020, the Food Bank of South Jersey distributed over one million emergency food boxes in direct response to the COVID-19 pandemic and elevated its child feeding program from approximately 300,000 children’s meals distributed during 2019 to over 950,000 children’s meals distributed to the region’s most food-vulnerable youths. FBSJ is a member of the Feeding America network of national food banks. Visit www.foodbanksj.org. On Twitter, Facebook, Instagram or LinkedIn, follow the Food Bank of South Jersey @foodbankSJ.