Pennsauken, NJ, January 11, 2014 --(PR.com
)-- On Thursday, February 27, 2014, Food Bank of South Jersey will host its first annual Food Bank Hunger Games, an event where corporate sponsors gather their team of “tributes” from staff and compete against other companies to cook the best tasting meal. They are inviting food critics and top regional food professionals to be the judges, and the winning team gets bragging rights, a trophy, and professional chef toques embroidered with “Food Bank Hunger Games Champs.” Competitors will be given a box of food that is normally distributed by the Food Bank of South Jersey and challenged to create a culinary masterpiece with high nutritional value and an appetizing presentation.
“The event demonstrates how much you can do with the food we provide to people in need,” says Chef Raquel Moreno, Senior Manager of the Healthy Living Initiative for the FBSJ. Chef Raquel supervises cooking classes that give food insecure people much-needed expertise in making delicious meals on a budget. “The exercise will emphasize that people can eat healthy, make the most of modest resources, and still cook fabulous meals,” says Raquel. “Now our corporate partners can show off how well they can cook, how well their team can pull together, and how delicious meals are possible for everyone.”
“Team Subaru is ready to help to help the Food Bank of South Jersey drive out hunger in our neighborhoods and regionally,” stated Sandy Capell, Community Services Manager for Subaru of America, Inc., one of the first sponsors of Food Bank Hunger Games. “This event is a great way to showcase the breadth of services provided by the Food Bank of South Jersey and demonstrates its commitment to not only providing food to those in need, but also helping to educate people about the importance of healthy eating.”
“We are ready for the challenge,” says Dan Decker, Vice President Commercial Relationship Manager for Susquehanna Bank, an additional corporate sponsor for the event. “I love to cook, and so many people on our staff love to cook. I am not sure that the odds are in our favor, there will be strong competition, but we’ve got our sights set on top honors!”
Val Traore, FBSJ Chief Executive Officer, recounts, “We did a trial run not too long ago, and the enthusiasm and energy that night was as palatable as the meals prepared! This is a friendly competition, but you’d be surprised how hard these businesses work to claim the top spot. And it’s a great way for these organizations to engage in a team building exercise that emphasizes collaboration and unity. This is most definitely a spectator event you’ll want to catch.”
The Food Bank of South Jersey Hunger Games corporate cook off will be held Thursday, February 27 at 7:00pm at the food bank, located at 1501 John Tipton Boulevard, Pennsauken, NJ 08110. To be a spectator, admission is only $5 and includes desserts with a chance to win prizes. To be a corporate team (there will only be eight teams competing), the cost is $2,500 and includes spectator passes. Call Pam Pernot, Director of External Relations, at 856-662-4884 x133 or email firstname.lastname@example.org for details.
About the Food Bank of South Jersey
The Food Bank of South Jersey is the leader in providing safe and nutritional food to people in need throughout South Jersey. We distribute food, provide nutrition education and cooking courses, and help people find sustainable ways to improve their lives. To learn more about our important work, please visit www.foodbanksj.org