Pennsauken, NJ, June 19, 2013 --(PR.com
)-- More than 250 food pantries, kitchens and shelters from Burlington, Camden, Gloucester and Salem Counties will attend the Annual Food Bank Conference June 21st at the Food Bank of South Jersey (FBSJ) in Pennsauken, New Jersey. The conference, sponsored by the Food Bank of South Jersey, will focus on ways to increase access to and participation in children’s nutrition programs, and innovative strategies for providing more nutritious foods and reducing waste.
After the Opening Remarks and Welcome from the CEO, Val Traore and the COO, Joe Njoroge, the Food Bank will swear in three new Board Members.
Staff will be available throughout the day to discuss the various strategies in combating hunger in South Jersey including advocacy and policy efforts; recruiting and applying volunteer talents; school-based child nutrition programs; government nutrition programs; connecting local agriculture to community-based programs; and the available funding for anti-hunger programs.
As New Jersey’s and particularly South Jersey’s economic recovery lags behind that of the rest of the nation, the four counties of Burlington, Camden, Gloucester and Salem currently have over 170,000 people who are food insecure. Among those, 57,000 are children. According to Marie Robles, Sr. Manager of the Charitable Feeding Network, “We are not only constantly striving to find new and more effective ways to ensure the delivery of food to those in need, but to combine the forces of our available resources to more effectively combat hunger in the long term. This conference is a key part of that strategy.”
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