Cooking for a Cause

Seven Local Corporations to Raise Funds for Children’s Programs by Competing in Food Bank of South Jersey “Hunger Games” Cook-Off

Pennsauken, NJ, April 29, 2015 --( Culinary teams from seven South Jersey corporations will battle for bragging rights and the Champion’s Trophy in a spirited cooking competition at FBSJ’s third annual Hunger Games challenge. Proceeds from the event, which blends elements from the TV show “Chopped” and the “Hunger Games” book/movie series, benefit FBSJ’s Healthy Kids Initiatives.

How The FBSJ Hunger Games Work:
Participating teams consist of 4 members, who must collaborate and create a meal from a box containing identical items of food that FBSJ typically distributes through its pantry network. A culinary advisor mentors each team, which has 45 minutes to prep, cook, and present their entries to a judging panel. The meals must contain 3 of the 4 MyPlate components (vegetables, grains/dairy, proteins, and fruit). During the competition, “sponsors” for each team are able to purchase additional ingredients that can be used to enhance the final dish.

In addition, the Food Bank Hunger Games competition includes a “Best of the Bite-Sized Dessert” contest, voted on by audience members. Bite-Sized Dessert competitors include Sift Bake Shop, Orange Blossom Bakery and Café, Panera Bread, Seasons 52, and Posh Pop Bakeshop.

Thursday, April 30, 2015
6:30 pm – 9:00 pm

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

The first two FBSJ Hunger Games events netted $25,000 to help fight food-insecurity. Partnership with and support from the corporate community strengthens FBSJ’s mission.

Corporate sponsors Panera Bread, Subaru of America, GrayHair Software (2014 winner), and Susquehanna Bank are returning entrants to the competition. First-time entrants include Webimax, Allied Energy Efficiency Experts, and United. Panera Bread is sponsoring two teams this year.

Wegmans is the official ingredients sponsor.

The distribution center of the Food Bank is converted into an “arena”. The action gets frantic, as competing teams scramble to create their masterpieces within the time limit, with an audience of friends, family, and colleagues cheering their efforts. And of course, there is all the wonderful culinary dishes.

Judges (3):
The judging panel includes Tammy Paolino, Senior Content Editor at the Courier-Post; Bill Anderson, WEEKEND Co-Host, Fox 29 News; and Glenn Schwartz, Chief Meteorologist, NBC 10 News.

Co-Hosts (2)
Jill Horner, Host/Reporter at Comcast Newsmakers; Manny Agigian, Executive Pastry Chef, Rastelli Food Market Fresh.

Tickets are $10 in advance/$15 at door. To purchase tickets and for more information on the Hunger Games, please visit

About the Food Bank of South Jersey
A member of Feeding America, our nation’s largest hunger-relief organization, 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
Food Bank of South Jersey
Lou Martelli