CORONAVIRUS (COVID-19) UPdate

WE ARE RESPONDING. WE ARE PREPARED. WE ARE HERE FOR YOU.

March 26, 2020
March 18, 2020

In response to unforeseen disasters such as the COVID-19 pandemic, the Food Bank of South Jersey established the Emergency Food Fund to enable the organization to respond promptly to emergency food requests while maintaining existing operation. 

The Food Bank of South Jersey is eliminating barriers to food distribution and implementing low- to no-contact delivery solutions in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

We’re deploying:

  1. Emergency food bags and boxes to families
  2. Five days’ worth of meals: breakfasts, lunches and snacks
  3. Fresh meals and shelf-stable food items to children
  4. Two weeks’ worth of food supplies to seniors

As a trusted community resource, it is our responsibility to provide nourishment to vulnerable populations, especially during this time of heightened concern. Your neighbors who are at-risk of hunger need your help now more than ever before. 

Would you please help
strengthen our response?

The Food Bank of South Jersey would like to extend a huge thank you to Jim Sanfilippo and his family for starting a fundraiser and encouraging others to donate what they would spend on a haircut. Every $1 raised provides 5 meals to South Jersey residents in need. #DonateAHaircut

March 11, 2020

The Food Bank of South Jersey, along with Feeding America, is carefully monitoring developments regarding the spread of the Coronavirus, COVID-19. In response to the spread of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) in South Jersey, the Food Bank of South Jersey – South Jersey’s leading hunger relief organization – has instituted a Coronavirus Preparedness Plan.

FOOD BANK CORONAVIRUS PREPAREDNESS PLAN

In light of the anticipated continued spread of COVID-19, as reported by the Center for Disease Control (CDC) and leading health organizations and healthcare providers, the Food Bank of South Jersey has launched a Coronavirus Preparedness Plan, which encompasses implementing additional food safety measures, including multiple additional sanitization steps in all food collections and distributions.

WHAT IS CORONAVIRUS

What is COVID-19? The CDC is responding to an outbreak of respiratory disease caused by a new coronavirus that was first detected in China and which has now been detected in almost 90 locations internationally, including in the United States. On January 30, 2020, the International Health Regulations Emergency Committee of the World Health Organization declared the outbreak a “public health emergency of international concern.

How is COVID-19 contracted? According to the CDC, the virus is thought to spread mainly from person-to-person, between people who are in close contact with one another, within about 6 feet.. Additionally, through respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs or sneezes. These droplets can land in the mouths or noses of people who are nearby or possibly be inhaled into the lungs. It may be possible that a person can get COVID-19 by touching a surface or object that has the virus on it and then touching their own mouth, nose, or possibly their eyes, but this is not thought to be the main way the virus spreads.

What is the current COVID-19 risk assessment? According to the CDC, for most people, the immediate risk of being exposed to the virus that causes COVID-19 is thought to be low. This virus is not currently widespread in the United States, though updates are occurring daily. People in places where ongoing community spread of the virus that causes COVID-19 has been reported are at elevated risk of exposure, with increase in risk dependent on the location. Healthcare workers caring for patients with COVID-19 are at elevated risk of exposure. Close contacts of persons with COVID-19 also are at elevated risk of exposure. Travelers returning from affected international locations where community spread is occurring also are at elevated risk of exposure, with increase in risk dependent on the location.

Statement from Fred C. Wasiak, President and CEO, Food Bank of South Jersey:

“The Food Bank of South Jersey, along with Feeding America, is carefully monitoring developments regarding the spread of COVID-19. A Coronavirus Contingency Planning Task Force, led by the Feeding America Disaster Services team and leaders from member food banks across the nation, is actively supporting local food banks, including the Food Bank of South Jersey, as we all prepare to continue our operations and distribute food to the people and communities we serve. The health, wellness and safety of the food-insecure communities we serve, as well as our employees, partners, agencies and volunteers is of prime focus to us each and every day. As we prepare for the anticipated spread of COVID-19 throughout the South Jersey region, we take seriously our mission to continue to provide food resources to those most in need, conducting food distribution, food collection and food supplies management upholding the safest and most sanitized and efficient best practices.”

6 THINGS TO KNOW TODAY:

1. FBSJ has launched a Coronavirus Preparedness Plan, which encompasses implementing additional food safety measures, including multiple additional sanitization steps in all food collections and distributions.

2. FBSJ’s internal Coronavirus Task Force is monitoring the developing Coronavirus situation is working directly with Feeding America and Department of Health officials, as well as monitoring recommendations by the Center for Disease Control (CDC).

3. At this time, FBSJ is maintaining FULL OPERATION and regular food distribution programs, services and activities.

4. We are committed to continuing our vital service to the community and will exercise every effective safety measure to ensure we proceed in our daily mission to provide nutrition to our food-insecure neighbors.

5. We are actively implementing additional, rigorous sanitization protocols, adhering to best practices for prevention as advised by the CDC, to ensure the highest quality safety standards and preventative measures are met in sanitizing and safeguarding our facility and personnel to protect our South Jersey community during this potential threat.

6. We strongly advise all Partners, Agencies, Volunteers, Staff and related associates adhere to the highest degree of safety and prevention best practices at all food distribution locations, including Hope Mobiles, School Pantries, Pop-Up Pantries and related food distribution and food management exchanges – please consult best practices for preventative measures as advised by the CDC.

CORONAVIRUS IN NEW JERSEY: FOOD BANKS FACING NEW CHALLENGES WITH BUSINESSES SHUTTING DOORS DUE COVID-19 OUTBREAK

PENNSAUKEN, N.J. (CBS) — There are new closures and new challenges in New Jersey. Making sure those who need food is taking on increased urgency amid the coronavirus outbreak.

Food Bank of South Jersey leaders say they have enough food and anyone who is in need can receive food.

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CORONAVIRUS: FOOD BANK OF SOUTH JERSEY IS PREPARED TO RESPOND AS NEED RISES

You need look no further than the empty grocery shelves where canned beans, tuna or dried pasta belong to know the coronavirus has South Jersey concerned about its food supply.

The Food Bank of South Jersey said Monday it is responding to the potential for an increase in demand among the most vulnerable in our community, while reassuring South Jersey its food supply chains are intact. Based in Pennsauken, the organization serves Burlington, Camden, Gloucester and Salem counties.

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THE FOOD BANK OF SOUTH JERSEY LAUNCHES PREPAREDNESS PROTOCOLS FOR THE CORONAVIRUS

PENNSAUKEN, NEW JERSEY – In response to the spread of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) the Food Bank of South Jersey – South Jersey’s leading hunger relief organization – has instituted a Coronavirus Preparedness Plan, effective immediately.

“The Food Bank of South Jersey, along with Feeding America, is carefully monitoring developments regarding the spread of COVID-19. A Coronavirus Contingency Planning Task Force, led by the Feeding America Disaster Services team and leaders from member food banks across the nation, is actively supporting local food banks, including the Food Bank of South Jersey, as we all prepare to continue our operations and distribute food to the people and communities we serve,” reports Fred C. Wasiak, Food Bank of South Jersey President and CEO

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resources

NJ Department of Health Coronavirus Call Center, 24 hour Hotline: 800-222-1222 
Burlington County Health Department: 609-265-5548
Camden County Department of Health and Human Services: 800-999-9045
Gloucester County Department of Health and
Human Services: 856-218-4101 
Salem County Health Department: 856-935-7510