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Sports Celebrity with a Big Heart Helps Out Food Bank of South Jersey on Valentine’s Day

Pennsauken, NJ, February 16, 2014 --( Forget chocolates, flowers, and candlelight…helping hungry children right here in South Jersey is how NBA rising star Michael Kidd-Gilchrist wants to spend his Valentine’s Day. Kidd-Gilchrist, who plays for the Charlotte Bobcats and grew up in Somerdale, NJ, wants to give back to his community. The first organization he considered was the Food Bank of South Jersey and has scheduled Valentine’s Day to make a donation and is bringing family and friends along to volunteer.

Val Traore CEO of the Food Bank of South Jersey stated: “We are thrilled that an NBA player of Mr. Kidd-Gilchrist’s stature is helping out the Food Bank of South Jersey and using his celebrity clout to bring awareness to the plight of food insecure families and children. Right here in South Jersey there are more than 173,000 people who have no idea where there next meal is coming from. And with this grim winter weather and the deep cuts in SNAP funds that number is growing daily.”

Kidd-Gilchrist is second only to LeBron James as the youngest players to get a double-double, 25+ points and 12+ rebounds in a single game. But the Food Bank of South Jersey feels that as impressive as he is on the court, his time giving of himself is equally notable. The Food Bank of South Jersey is honored to have Kidd-Gilchrist join them in assembling food packs for hungry children in neighborhoods throughout the South Jersey region. To find out more about volunteering at the Food Bank of South Jersey, call 856-662-4884 or visit

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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