Pennsauken, NJ, March 23, 2013 --(PR.com
)-- United Airlines Foundation presented Food Bank of South Jersey with a $10,000 grant today. This generous award, created as part of Hurricane Sandy Relief efforts, will enable the Food Bank of South Jersey to procure and distribute more than 50,000 nutritious meals to food insecure families throughout Southern New Jersey.
Although Sandy’s impact on South Jersey’s interior was not as severe as the shoreline, the Food Bank of South Jersey’s food distribution spiked to over 616 tons for November and December as evacuees fled inland to stay with relatives, friends and shelters. Michael O’Loughlin, Chief Development Officer for Food Bank South Jersey recounts how the Food Bank’s “Hope Mobile,” a 16-wheeler tractor trailer, was constantly on the go, replenishing local Food Pantries struggling to keep up with demand and making stops at distribution points set up in parking lots in the critical areas of damage.
Blenda Riddick, Director of Corporate and Government Affairs and Gavin Darraugh, Senior Manager of Corporate & Community Affairs representing United Airlines, toured the Food Bank’s 65,000 square foot Distribution Center for a firsthand look at the process of sorting, and distributing over 9-million pounds of food annually to food insecure children, seniors and families in South Jersey.
Of special interest to Riddick and Darraugh was a group of college students from Maine volunteering at the Food Bank of South Jersey during their Spring Break. The students are part of a network organized by the Romero Ministries in Camden, NJ, bringing students from high schools and universities all over the Northeast to donate their school break time to lend help to Food Bank South Jersey and other worthwhile causes.
O’Loughlin was quick to point out that the Food Bank of South Jersey does not just distribute food. A portion of the United Airline Foundation funds will assist the FBSJ “Healthy Living Initiative” that educates children as well as families and seniors on nutrition. Classes, cooking demonstrations, and recipes on how to prepare balanced meals with nutritious foods are conducted locally throughout the Food bank South Jersey’s footprint.
All of the Food Bank South Jersey programs including Twilight Harvest for senior citizens, and Kidz Café offering an after school safe environment with adult supervision, meals and snacks, will benefit from the generous United Airlines Foundation gift. “At United Airlines, we are committed to supporting organizations that address the important needs of our communities. We are proud to support the Food Bank of South Jersey in their work to provide vital programs and services to those in need,” said Riddick.
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