A Message from Gerald
April was Volunteer Appreciation month and although we appreciate all of our volunteers and the work they do with us during the year, April give us a special opportunity to recognize the hard work and dedication of our volunteer force.
They are remarkable people. Diverse. Giving. Selfless. Dedicated. Strong. People from every one of our four counties: Burlington, Camden, Gloucester and Salem. People of all ages, from grandparents to students.
Last year, COVID impacted every area of our operations and as the organization pivoted to meet escalating needs for food assistance, it was our volunteer force who pivoted with us, rose to the call of a true hunger crisis, and supported us in the ways that they could, given we were living in a socially distanced world.
While we could not host corporate, community, colleges or university and individual groups in our Pennsauken headquarters for robust volunteer experiences, as was life before COVID, we directed our efforts and volunteer teams outward to supporting the increase in Hope Mobile, Pop-Up, and community food distributions throughout the year. Our volunteers, more than ever, stood with us in fields, parking lots and open spaces – rain or shine – serving with us to serve South Jersey. Our volunteers, truly serving WITH the Food Bank, rather than exclusively AT the Food Bank, became a heroic part of the greatest hunger-relief effort to directly impact South Jersey since the Great Depression.
Our volunteers were brave. They were tireless. They were heroes.
April afforded us the opportunity to truly express our gratitude to our volunteer force. Please know, that each and every hour of each and every day of each and every month – we are grateful for YOU!
With thanks to all our volunteer heroes,
Manager of Volunteer Services, Food Bank of South Jersey