Donor Spotlight: Elias Bitar
It’s a unique title – Chief Family Officer.
That’s how Elias Bitar describes himself – as the Chief Family Officer for Norma’s restaurant located in Cherry Hill. The restaurant, founded by his parents and named for his mother, has been a part of the area for 30 years.
Recently Elias ran a campaign during the holidays to encourage his patrons to support the Food Bank of South Jersey. He took that money raised and added his own substantial donation that will provide over 150,000 meals to South Jersey residents in need.This effort is in keeping with his family’s philosophy of always giving back to the community. “We found ourselves in a unique position of doing well [during the pandemic], due to hard-work and years of involvement in the community,” Elias said. “We received more than ever and therefore gave more than ever. What is best for the community is parity and balance.”
Elias has been a longtime supporter of the Food Bank of South Jersey, including bringing his children to volunteer for a day of service. After meeting with leaders at FBSJ, he knew his personal philosophy lined up with the Food Bank’s and that every dollar would have an impact.