The Community FoodBank of New Jersey received a generous contribution in its battle to fight food insecurity during the coronavirus pandemic.
The food bank, located in Hillside, accepted a $1.6 million donation from Bank of America to help combat the growing need for food assistance in the Garden State.
That contribution will go toward the creation and distribution of emergency meal kits, as well as increase distribution across the counties in which the food bank operates: Atlantic, Bergen, Burlington, Cape May, Cumberland, Essex, Hudson, Hunterdon, Mercer, Middlesex, Monmouth, Morris, Ocean, Passaic, Somerset, Sussex, Union and Warren.
“With the shuttering of businesses across the state due to the coronavirus, countless people are facing the realities of reduced work hours, layoffs and missed paychecks. The need for CFBNJ’s services is growing day by day,” Carlos Rodriguez, president and CEO of The Community FoodBank of New Jersey, said in a statement.
“We are so grateful for Bank of America’s decades-long leadership investment in our mission, and for this most recent contribution, which will allow us to serve as a lifeline for so many New Jersey residents, some of whom are finding themselves in need for the first time in their lives.”
Overall the food bank has provided 20,000 kits, with each containing perishable food for 40 meals. It also has delivered thousands of low-sodium meals to homebound seniors and approximately 9,000 family packs to families of kids without access to school breakfasts and lunches.
“For over 40 years The Community FoodBank of New Jersey has been instrumental in fighting hunger and poverty in New Jersey,” Alberto Garofalo, New Jersey market president for Bank of America, said. “We are here to ensure CFBNJ has the resources needed during this current environment to serve our community and fill the emptiness caused by food insecurity.”
The donation is just the latest in a long line of foundations and organizations that have helped the food bank during the pandemic. The food bank as well as other organizations are also looking for donations to keep providing meals for those in need as the pandemic and corresponding shutdowns continue.
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