The Community FoodBank of New Jersey is continuing its efforts to serve food-insecure communities in New Jersey through new statewide emergency relief efforts during the novel coronavirus pandemic, thanks to the recent donations of several organizations.
The anti-hunger and anti-poverty organization has received donations from several organizations including ADP, Bank of America, Battelle, BD, JPMorgan Chase & Co., Karma Foundation, MetLife Foundation, Ocean First Foundation, Phillips 66 Bayway Refinery, PSEG Foundation, Russell Berrie Foundation, Sanofi, Sozosei Foundation, Stop & Shop, TIAA and Wawa Foundation.
“On behalf of the entire Community FoodBank of New Jersey team, I would like to extend a sincere thank you to the corporate partners and so many others who have helped fund our work throughout this outbreak,” President and CEO of the CFBNJ, Carlos Rodriguez, said in a local press release. “We would not be able to do what we do without the help of these outstanding companies…. Because of this critical funding, and of course, donations from generous New Jerseyans, we’re continuing to distribute food to help those in need during the COVID-19 crisis.”
Rodriguez said that the recent donations have not only allowed the food bank to continue business as usual, but also to launch an Emergency Meal Kits program, which provides enough food to support 34,000 nutritious meals daily. Most recently, the Community FoodBank received a $1.6 million contribution from Bank of America, which will help CFBNJ create and distribute the meal kits.
While CFBNJ strategizes in real-time with state agencies monitoring the pandemic, the food bank will also be maintaining its daily operations, which includes distributing food to a network of over 1,000 agency partners to keep vulnerable individuals and families fed.
Last year, the Community FoodBank provided more than 50 million meals through its network of community partners including pantries, soup kitchens, emergency shelters, mobile pantries, and child and senior feeding programs throughout the several NJ counties, according to a local press release. The foodbank serves in Atlantic, Bergen, Burlington, Cape May, Cumberland, Essex, Hudson, Middlesex, Morris, Passaic, Somerset and Union counties.