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New Jersey Lieutenant Governor Guadagno Visits Food Bank of South Jersey as Part of "Season of Service" Campaign


Pennsauken, NJ, December 03, 2014 --(PR.com)-- The Food Bank of South Jersey (FBSJ) will host New Jersey Lieutenant Governor Kim Guadagno at its headquarters in Pennsauken on December 3, 2014. The visit is part of the Christie Administration’s Season of Service campaign – a statewide tour that highlights the impact of volunteerism.

Lieutenant Governor Guadagno will be meeting with FBSJ CEO Val Traore to tour FBSJ’s facility and discuss its mission, with particular emphasis on FBSJ’s direct service programs. She is expected to join with volunteers from the corporate community to assemble deliveries for FBSJ’s Kidz Pack, a program that provides weekend meals throughout the school year to students from low-income families. Lieutenant Governor Guadagno will also see FBSJ’s Healthy Living Initiative (HLI) in action. HLI staff and volunteers will be prepping food for a Lunch & Learn course that instructs teachers on how to build a MYPLATE salad and bring nutrition education to the classroom.

Founded in 1985, FBSJ is approaching its thirtieth year of operation. In 2013, it provided emergency food assistance to approximately 200,000 South Jersey residents through a network of nearly 250 pantries, soup kitchens, and shelters. Volunteers have always been central to FBSJ’s mission, donating critically-needed time and labor at FBSJ’s distribution center as well as at community-based events.

When
Wednesday, December 3, 2014
2:00 pm – 3:00 pm

Where:
FBSJ Headquarters, 1501 Tipton Boulevard, Pennsauken, NJ 08110

Who:
· Kim Guadagno, NJ Lieutenant Governor
· Val Traore, Chief Executive Officer, FBSJ
· FBSJ Board and Executive Team Members
· Executives from leading South Jersey businesses

Visuals with Lieutenant Governor Guadagno: Packing food supplies stored in FBSJ’s distribution center into Kidz Pack deliveries; sampling food prepared during the Healthy Living Initiative session; interaction with volunteers and FBSJ staff.

Background Facts

· 6,000 volunteers (individuals and corporate teams) donated close to 20,000 hours in support of FBSJ’s mission in 2013.

· FBSJ trained more than one hundred volunteers in 2014 to execute its Summer Meals Program that supplied 1,300 meals per day, every day for 10 weeks, to at-risk children.

· The Healthy Living Initiative is a suite of educational offerings. Through classroom instruction and cooking demonstrations tailored for children, teens, families, and seniors, HLI shares the value of nutrition awareness and empowers residents in South Jersey communities to embrace healthy eating behaviors.

· Kidz Pack is a direct services program executed every Friday of the school season. Through this program, FBSJ provides hundreds of students with nutritionally-balanced meal packages to sustain them and their families over the weekend.

· FBSJ services Camden, Gloucester, Burlington, and Salem counties. Of the 200,000 residents it assisted in 2013, 55,900 were under the age of 18.

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.
Contact Information
Food Bank of South Jersey
Lou Martelli
856-662-4884
Contact
foodbanksj.org

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