Pennsauken, NJ, April 06, 2016 --(PR.com
)-- The Food Bank of South Jersey (FBSJ), the area’s largest hunger-relief organization, announced today it has received a $15,000 grant from the Disabled American Veterans (DAV) Charitable Trust.
With the funding, FBSJ will be providing food packs to 260 veterans monthly at Joseph’s House and Home for the Brave, both Camden-based organizations. FBSJ also distributes food to veterans through the pantries of its 250 partner agencies and at the annual Stand Down South Jersey event, held at the Cherry Hill Armory.
This is the second consecutive year that DAV Charitable Trust has awarded a grant to FBSJ, assuring continuity of critically-needed food services to the veteran community.
Recent surveys conducted by FBSJ indicate that there are nearly 10,000 veterans in its four-county service area; one quarter have a disability and many are homeless and challenged by adjustment to civilian life.
“Post-military life can be quite challenging but it’s especially so for our disabled patriots,” stated Ujwala Samant, FBSJ Director of Programs and Services. “Through the generosity of the DAV grant, we are able to supply these veterans with a steady flow of nutritious foods that are easy to prepare and store.”
Organized in 1986, the DAV Charitable Service Trust is dedicated to empowering veterans to lead high-quality lives with respect and dignity. It awards grants to non-profit entities that support an array of programs – including food, shelter, counseling, and career-training – for homeless or at-risk veterans.
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. In 2015, FBSJ provided 10 million pounds of food to nearly 200,000 South Jersey residents. FBSJ is a member of Feeding America, our nation’s largest hunger-relief organization. To learn more visit www.foodbanksj.org.