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After a three-year, in-person hiatus, the Food Bank Hunger Games returned in June. Combining elements from popular cooking-challenge shows, the Hunger Games tasks teams with creating healthy meals in 45 minutes using food items that we distribute to our neighbors.

Hosted by PHL17 anchor and producer Jennifer Lewis-Hall, this year’s event showcased the skills of South Jersey groups Capehart Scatchard; Cipriani & Werner, P.C.; DeVal Lifecycle Support and Parts Life, Inc.; Holman Enterprises; and Virtua Health. Their culinary creations were scored by a panel of distinguished judges: Camden County Commissioner Virginia Betteridge; Chief Family Officer of EMZ Corp, which owns Norma’s Restaurant in Cherry Hill, Elias Bitar; owner and chef Rakesh Ramola from IndeBlue restaurant in Cherry Hill;
and author and editor of NJ PEN, Matt Skoufalos.

This year’s competition was stiff, but Holman Enterprises was named the 2023 Food Bank Champions for their delicious Holman Hash!

Though the Hunger Games is a beloved event for its fun and fast-paced atmosphere, it also serves an important purpose – to highlight why so many families struggle with putting wholesome meals on the table. Our teams get a first-hand look at how difficult it is to create a healthy meal with limited resources.

We look forward to seeing you next year!

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