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Val Traore and Food Bank of South Jersey Send Bottled Water Urgently Needed by Seniors and Infants in Paulsboro, NJ

Pennsauken, NJ, February 12, 2014 --( When Val Traore, CEO of the Food Bank of South Jersey (FBSJ), heard about the ongoing complications regarding contamination of Paulsboro’s water, she added bottled water to a FBSJ Hope Mobile delivery scheduled on February 15. “The families who rely on our Hope Mobile distribution are struggling to make ends meet and cannot afford the additional expense of bottled water,” says Traore. “What is great about the FBSJ Hope Mobile is that it provides urgently needed food and, in this case, water to seniors and children in need.”

W. Jeffery Hamilton, Paulsboro mayor, mailed a letter to Paulsboro residents urging caregivers of infants not to use the public water in infant formula. The perfluorochemicals detected in Paulsboro’s water have been linked to multiple health problems, especially for children and the elderly. The levels of PFNA in Paulsboro's drinking water are the highest that have been registered in the United States. “No one should fear whether the bottle they are about to hand a baby is safe,” says Traore. “The Food Bank of South Jersey is hopeful that this addition to a distribution truck already filled with urgently needed food will help.”

The Food Bank of South Jersey supports families in need in Burlington, Camden, Gloucester and Salem counties with food distribution and nutrition education classes. To find out more about the Food Bank of South Jersey, call 856-662-4884 or visit

Contact Chris Seabo (856) 662-4884 ext. 127

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
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