Pennsauken, NJ, July 24, 2013 --(PR.com
)-- The Food Bank of South Jersey got a big boost to their No Child Hungry Initiative from Feeding America – the nation's leading domestic hunger-relief charity – and from Procter & Gamble. The Food Bank of South Jersey (FBSJ) has received a $20,000 grant from Feeding America, thanks to Procter & Gamble in support of its School Pantry program.
Focusing on the critical need of families in the city of Camden, NJ the Food Bank of South Jersey will launch School Pantry Programs for H.H. Davis Elementary School and U.S. Wiggins Elementary School. Both Davis and Wiggins were qualified based on each respective school’s strong capacity to assist with coordinating and executing monthly distributions, as well as the overwhelming support received from the Principals, the Parent-Teacher Organizations’ (PTO) leadership, and other key school staff, such as school nurses and teachers.
The goal of the School Pantry program is to take a long-range approach to alleviating hunger by ensuring eligible families have access to low or no-cost food as well as nutrition education, cooking demonstrations and recipes. This is particularly important because Camden has been designated a “food desert” by the US Department of Agriculture due to its absence of supermarkets.
Each month, the School Pantry program will provides pre-boxed, ten-day grocery supplements containing fresh produce, refrigerated, frozen and shelf-stable products to the food insecure children and their families at Davis and Wiggins elementary schools. A Food Bank of South Jersey representative from the Healthy Living Initiative will demonstrate easy and innovative ways to prepare the food and will hand out recipe cards for the demonstrated dishes.
According to U.S. Census statistics, 56.7% of Camden children live in poverty compared to 14.3% in New Jersey. With unemployment in Camden running at 19%, compared to 8.7% in New Jersey and 7.9% nationally, the median Camden income is just over $21,000. The national median income is $52,700.
About the Food Bank of South Jersey
The Food Bank of South Jersey (FBSJ) is the leader in providing safe and nutritional food to people in need throughout South Jersey. FBSJ distributes food, provides nutrition education and cooking courses, and helps food insecure families and seniors find sustainable ways to improve their lives. To learn more visit www.foodbanksj.org