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 $20,000 from Wells Fargo General Operating Grant to support and strengthen the organization’s operational capacity to respond to unprecedented food insecurity amplified by the COVID-19 pandemic.
“We are incredibly grateful to Wells Fargo for its support our operational strength to build capacity, strengthen infrastructure and maintain our facilities to best deploy our hunger-relief programs and services to feed South Jersey,” reports Fred C. Wasiak, President and CEO, Food Bank of South Jersey. “The resources this Wells Fargo General Operating Grant brings to our organization helps to fortify our capacity to stand strong in service to South Jersey.”
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.
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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.