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Food Bank of South Jersey to Host Second "Hunger Games"

Fundraising Event with Corporate Partners Raises Hunger Awareness and Helps Fund Kids Initiatives

Pennsauken, NJ, September 17, 2014 --( The Food Bank of South Jersey (FBSJ) will be hosting its second “Hunger Games.” The event challenges top regional companies to assemble teams to compete in a friendly and spirited cooking competition, with proceeds benefiting FBSJ’s Healthy Kids Initiatives.

Participating teams consist of 4 members, who must create a meal from a box containing identical items of food that FBSJ typical distributes to members of its agency network. A culinary advisor mentors each team, which has 45 minutes to prep, cook, and present their entries to a judging panel. The meal entries must contain 3 of the 4 MyPlate components (vegetables, grains/dairy, proteins, and fruit).

In addition, the Hunger Games event includes a “Best of the Bite-Sized Dessert” contest, voted on by audience members.

Thursday, September 18, 2014
6:30 pm – 8:30 pm

Food Bank of South Jersey, 1501 Tipton Boulevard, Pennsauken, NJ 08110

Who: Corporate teams from Panera Bread, Bottom Dollar, Subaru of America, GrayHair Software, and Susquehanna Bank are among the entrants in the cooking competition. Bite-Sized Dessert competitors include Sift Bake Shop, Osteria, and Yhanne’s House of Cheesecakes. FBSJ event and community engagement staff provide oversight and running commentary on the night’s activities.

Why: September is Hunger Action Month. FBSJ’s Hunger Games competition is a fun and innovative fundraising effort that strengthens bonds between FBSJ and its corporate partners while raising hunger awareness. The inaugural Hunger Games event last February raised $10,000 to help fight food-insecurity in the four counties serviced by FBSJ.

Visuals: The distribution center of the Food Bank is converted into an “arena.” The action gets a bit frantic, as competing teams scurry to create their masterpieces, with an audience of 100 or more spectators (friends, family, and colleagues) cheering their efforts. And of course, there’s the food.

Judges: The judging panel includes Tammy Paolino, Features/Food Editor at Courier-Post;Manny Agigian, Creative Director at DiBartolo’s Bakery and recent contestant on TLC’s Cake Boss: Next Great Baker; and John Howard-Fusco, Editor Eating in South Jersey blog).

About The Food Bank of 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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Lou Martelli

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