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To make lasting change, we need to view challenges from many lenses. To end hunger, we must hear from neighbors with lived experiences.

Last fall, the Food Bank of South Jersey began holding listening sessions in our four-county service area of Burlington, Camden, Gloucester, and Salem. These opportunities to come together with our neighbors to break bread and talk about the needs of our communities were something we had been wanting to implement for some time.

These intimate conversations have provided rich, eye-opening insights. And we’re only just getting started. You may be familiar with some of the stories our neighbors have shared with us from our mailings or a recent video, but for every story that is told, there are hundreds we have not yet heard.

“I wish I knew the Food Bank before [COVID]. Getting food from the Food Bank makes a big difference in my house. Really big.” – Martha, a neighbor in Camden County. To hear Martha’s full story, please visit

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