A Taste of Compassion

A publication of the Food Bank of South Jersey • Summer 2021 Edition


Resiliency in Response

With hope for the days ahead, from stocking our shelves to summer meals, our mission to feed South Jersey remains resilient – thanks to a community of care.

IN THIS ISSUE:

Good News & More Good News

A Message of Integrity & Stewardship
As our summer days turn to Harvest Season, we wish you all the very best of health, security and peace. In that wish, we have good news to share with you.

Stocking Our Shelves, Stocks Their Shelves.

Did you know when you help stock the shelves at the Food Bank of South Jersey, you are helping to stock the shelves of more than 200 regional food pantries?

Strengthening Our Food Distribution Partners

Response. Strength. Hope.

Feeding South Jersey Means Strengthening Our Network

Summer Meals 2021: Thank You Sponsors!

This summer, when the daily threat of child hunger in South Jersey remained at levels of 1 in every 5 children, the mission of providing nutritious, consistent sustenance to children of all ages was more crucial than ever.

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Good News & MORE Good News

A Message of Integrity & Stewardship

As our summer days turn to Harvest Season, we wish you all the very best of health, security and peace. In that wish, we have good news to share with you.

Four-star rating from Charity Navigator

The Food Bank of South Jersey has been recognized for its financial health, transparency and accountability by Charity Navigator, attaining Charity Navigator’s highest possible four-star rating for exceeding industry standards and outperforming in executing its mission in a financially efficient way. We are proud to announce that the Food Bank of South Jersey has earned this high-quality rating for our ability to demonstrate best practices in executing our mission in a financially efficient way. Only approximately a quarter of rated charities have achieved this distinction.

Protecting Donor Data
There is an uptick in phishing attempts that are intended to defraud donation funds intended for food bank recipients across the country, among other vital charities. While that is far from good news, we want you to know that in keeping with the high integrity we place on every crucial dollar donated to feed our food-insecure neighbors, we take steps continuously to protect our donor information. We place our responsibility to protect donor personally identifiable information with the greatest severity imaginable and, in that commitment to accountability, we are resolute in ensuring security, privacy and safety to all financial controls and processes.

As we continue to feed South Jersey as a community of compassion and care, please know that we cannot do what we do without your support – and that support is our duty and honor to steward as we work tirelessly to be not just a charitable organization of distinction, but one who earns its distinction each and every day.

Yours in gratitude, safety and care,


Fred C. Wasiak
President & CEO

  Lavinia Awosanya
  Chief Development Officer

Beacon of Hope, Mount Holly.

“Thanks to the grant funds received, Beacon of Hope is able to purchase additional food resources, some of which will target specific dietary restrictions, as well as obtain food transport devices to assist the Beacon of Hope staff and volunteers in moving thousands of pounds of food each week.” Pastor Darlene Trappier of Beacon of Hope, Mount Holly.

Evangelistic Mennonite Church, Camden.

”We are incredibly grateful to the Food Bank of South Jersey for extending us this wonderful opportunity. Our facility was in desperate need of renovations, and thanks to this grant funding, we are able to address a number of serious issues, especially some much-needed electrical work and the creation of a new doorway, for easier access.” Iris and Angelo Zayas, Evangelistic Mennonite Church, Camden.

Strengthening Our Food Distribution Partners

Response. Strength. Hope. Feeding South Jersey Means Strengthening Our Network

In a mission to strengthen South Jersey’s access to nutritious, sustainable food during pervasive food insecurity, the Food Bank of South Jersey, through funding made possible by New Jersey Pandemic Relief Fund, granted $452,124 to participating food pantries and feeding partners in its food distribution network of more than 200 participating agencies throughout Burlington, Camden, Gloucester and Salem counties.

This vital funding was distributed to 37 participating food pantries and other feeding agencies serving South Jersey. The main purpose of this vital funding is to increase the capacities of food distribution partner pantries and affiliated partner food agencies to serve more people impacted by the pervasive food insecurity inflicted by the COVID-19 pandemic.

“To help meet the extraordinary demand for food as many of our neighbors struggle with daily food vulnerability and accelerated household food insecurity, grant recipients within our food distribution network will be able to expand hours and days of service, as well as strengthen their facilities and bolster their capacities to supply food to their communities,” reports Food Bank of South Jersey President & CEO Fred C. Wasiak.

Food partners and agencies within the Food Bank of South Jersey’s partner network were permitted to apply for funding support from $5,000 to $15,000. Agencies requested a variety of capacity-building allocations to increase the service of providing life-sustaining food to people in need.

More than $292,000 will be utilized by partner agencies for priority capacity building, with more than $109,900 earmarked for emergency food purchases to supplement and strengthen food resource reserves. Overall, of the 37 grant allocations awarded, 11 partner agencies serve Burlington County, 19 support Camden County, five agencies serve Gloucester County and two provide life-sustaining food resources to food-vulnerable residents of Salem County.

These partner agencies recieved grant funding from the Food Bank of South Jersey.
The grant was made possible by the New Jersey Pandemic Relief Fund and the David Tepper Charitable Foundation in partnership with the Food Bank of South Jersey.

Antioch Baptist, Camden City
Beacon of Hope, Mount Holly
Calvary Baptist, Beverly
Cecil Deliverance Tabernacle, Williamstown
Cherry Hill Food Pantry, Cherry Hill
Christian Caring, Browns Mills
City of Light, Atco
Commissioned 2 Serve, Willingboro
Cultivate, Voorhees
Evangelistic Mennonite Church, Camden City
First Spanish Pentecostal, Pennsauken
Fountain of Life, Camden
Friends of Clementon, Clementon
Glorious Light, Paulsboro
Green Grove, West Berlin
Hope UMC, Voorhees
Ladies in Transit Holistic, Beverly
Loving Our Cities, Sewell
Need to Succeed, Lindenwold
New Hope Ministry, Delran
Oaks Integrated Care, Mount Holly
Parkside United Methodist Church, Camden City
Parkway Baptist Church, Willingboro
People First!, Westampton
Praise Temple, Jericho
Safe Passage, Camden City
Samost Jewish Family & Children’s Services, Cherry Hill
St. John’s Pentecostal Outreach, Salem
St. Joseph Pro-Cathedral, Camden City
St. Thomas Episcopal Church (Kitchen of Hope), Glassboro
SVDP Sacred Heart Church, Mount Holly
The Extended Hand Ministry Inc., Mount Holly
The Pantry at Victory Assembly of God, Pittsgrove
The Victory Group, Westville
Touch NJ, Camden City
True Vine Pentecostal Church, Millville
Urban Promise, Camden City

Stocking Our Shelves, Stocks Their Shelves

Did you know when you help stock the shelves at the Food Bank of South Jersey, you are helping to stock
the shelves of more than 200 regional food pantries?

Right now, regional food collections remain at low levels – resulting in a continued deficit in community donated food items, such as peanut butter, cereals, rice, soups and canned vegetables.

In 2020, the Food Bank of South Jersey took the impact of a more than 72 percent decline in community donated food items – resulting in a loss of more than 300,000 pounds of donated food to help our neighbors in need.

As we ready for Hunger Action Month in September, this trend of declined community donated food support continues.


Good news, you can help stock our shelves!
By hosting or supporting a Virtual Food Drive you can help us raise funding to support food purchases to help feed South Jersey. You can also keep watch for our new food collection bins, which will be popping up at community locations and special food collection events during September.

Remember, every dollar donated helps us buy the nutrition South Jersey needs to sustain and thrive. Every can of tuna or box of pasta donated helps to stock the shelves of our food distribution network. Every act of kindness to help feed a hungry neighbor means the world.

A Message from the Summer Meals 2021 Team

This summer, when the daily threat of child hunger in South Jersey remained at levels of 1 in every 5 children – for some communities 1 in every 4 – the mission of providing nutritious, consistent sustenance to children of all ages was more crucial than ever.

Since last year, the fight against child hunger in South Jersey remains at amplified levels due to the impact of the pandemic. Currently more than 62,650 children in Burlington, Camden, Gloucester and Salem counties are food insecure.

        • Hungry children are sick more often, and more likely to have to be hospitalized due to malnutrition.
        • Food-insecure children suffer cognitive and physical impairments that limit their emotional, physical and intellectual development.
        • Babies and toddlers enduring food insecurity lack vital nutrition essential for developing critical brain function.

Thanks to a village of support from locations, sponsors, supporters, donors and friends, the Summer Meals 2021 impact resulted in 122 locations distributing more than 300,000 meals – with June meal distribution starting the summer months at the level of over 93,600 meals served.

As the Summer Meals Team for Summer 2021, we thank you and all in South Jersey who care about the health, happiness and futures of South Jersey children. As always, we could not feed South Jersey’s children – without you!