PENNSAUKEN, N.J. — The Food Bank of South Jersey, South Jersey’s largest hunger-relief organization and a member of the Feeding America network of food banks, was granted a generous donation of $10,000 from SUEZ North America Foundation to support and strengthen the organization’s capacity to respond to unprecedented food insecurity amplified by the COVID-19 pandemic.
“We are incredibly grateful to SUEZ North America Foundation for its support of the Food Bank of South Jersey during the elevated demands of this global pandemic,” reports Fred C. Wasiak, President and CEO, Food Bank of South Jersey. “The compassion and resources SUEZ North America brings to our mission to feed South Jersey is key to strengthening our capacity to serve.”
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. With a focus on low-to-no contact food distributions, including emergency food box drive-up food distributions, we responded to a 200 percent increase in food insecurity throughout our four-county region. During 2020, the Food Bank of South Jersey distributed more than 22 million pounds of food, the equivalent of over 18 million meals, to food-insecure individuals, families, children and seniors.
“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,” Wasiak reports. “s our work continues to feed the lines of people waiting for food this year, we remain committed to feed the line, sustain the line and shorten the line in our mission to bring forward a New Jersey that is food secure for all.”
ABOUT SUEZ NORTH AMERICA FOUNDATION
Since 2009, it has been the mission of the SUEZ North America Foundation to improve the communities we serve and explore ways to advance innovation. We want to inspire environmental sustainability through eco-friendly focused policies, programs, and projects. As a part of a leading environmental services company, we have the privilege to connect people with a passion for a better world, and those working every day to make a difference. As stewards of the environment, our primary goal is to champion innovative programs that support sustainable communities. Since 2009 the SUEZ North America Foundation has distributed $5 million in grants, supported over 200 organizations and over 50% dedicated grants to environmental organizations. For more information, visit mysuezwater.com.
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.