MLK Day of Service 2014: Food Bank of South Jersey Thankful for Volunteer Help to Meeting Increased Demand
Pennsauken, NJ, January 19, 2014 --(PR.com
)-- In years past, in order to accommodate the many volunteers honoring Dr. King, the Food Bank of South Jersey has closed their distribution to over 240 community partners consisting of food pantries, shelters and community kitchens. But this year, because of the increased need caused by severe Food Stamp cuts, the FBSJ Distribution Center will open in the afternoon so that community partners will be able to keep the stream of food flowing to food insecure families and children in South Jersey.
Over 150 individual and corporate volunteers will spend the morning packaging food for children and seniors as part of the Martin Luther King Day of Service. Individuals from St Joan of Arc, Phi Beta Sigma and corporate volunteers from Beneficial Bank and Ballard Spahr will work from 9am until noon at the Food Bank distribution center in Pennsauken, NJ.
The volunteer goal is to fill 4,400 bags of food known as Kidz Packs – the weekend lifeline to get hungry children through the weekend when school breakfast and lunches are unavailable. And further to fill another 313 sets of bags for Seniors. The bags for Seniors sets are comprised of four bags containing a two week supply of staple items that enable Seniors to stretch their low fixed income budgets reducing the danger of having to choose between food and life saving medicines.
Val Traore, FBSJ Chief Executive Officer, says “We are fortunate to have corporate partners and individual volunteers who dedicate time on a regular basis to support our programs and we are very grateful for their contributions in time and energy on this day to help make our mission possible.”
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