Westmont Art Students Get Creative Raising Funds for Food Bank of South Jersey

Pennsauken, NJ, March 21, 2013 --(PR.com)-- Representatives of art students from Haddon Twp High school in Westmont presented the Food Bank of South Jersey with $4,000 as a result of their “Empty Bowls Dinner.” The students created over 575 hand-crafted ceramic bowls to serve as keepsakes for the event which has become a source of community pride and a major collaborative effort between community members and local businesses and the students who host and work the event. “The Keepsake bowl provides a long lasting reminder that many people… have bowls that remain empty,” says Karen Kiick, the art teacher who helps to organize the Haddon Twp event with her students and colleagues, Maura McDermott and Paul Steltz. The semi-annual community event has now raised more than $16,000 for FBSJ over the past several years.

These Westmont teens are paying it forward by providing the funds that will help support the Food Bank of South Jersey’s many programs including Kids Café, an after school program for children with hot meals and snacks in a safe environment; Cooking Matters and Wonder Chefs part of the FBSJ’s Healthy Living Initiative. Cooking Matters uses hands on cooking classes along with a nutrition curriculum that introduces kids to food pyramids and healthy eating habits. And the Wonder Chefs program reaches out to very young (kindergarten) children. This year 33 Wonder Chefs classes will reach almost 300 little ones with nutrition education.

“It’s not enough,” explains Val Traore CEO of the Food Bank of South Jersey, to put food on a plate and say ‘eat this.’ We have to do more… we have to teach children how to eat, how to cook, what things to look for as they get older and go grocery shopping with their folks.”

The Food Bank of South Jersey established in 1985 now distributes over nine million pounds of food annually from their 65,000 sq. ft. distribution center in Pennsauken; works with more than 250 charitable member agencies who distribute nutritious food to 173-thousand people in need.

For more information please contact Michael O’Loughlin, 856 662 4884.

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 in South Jersey. We distribute food, teach nutrition education and cooking and help people find sustainable ways to improve their lives. To learn more about our important work, please visit www.foodbanksj.org
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