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Food Bank of South Jersey Hosts Fourth "Hunger Games" Cooking Competition

Ten Corporate Teams Participating to Raise Funds for FBSJ’s Children’s Programs and Services.

Pennsauken, NJ, April 27, 2016 --( Ten teams sponsored by South Jersey corporations will have their cooking talents put to the test at the fourth “Food Bank Hunger Games” – a spirited competition that generates funds for FBSJ hunger-relief programs that benefit children. Last year’s event raised nearly $20,000.

Bill Anderson, co-anchor of Fox Weekend (Philadelphia), will serve as host for the event.

How it Works:
The Food Bank Hunger Games blends elements from the TV cooking show “Chopped” with the popular “Hunger Games” book/movie franchise:

· Each participating team has 4 members who work together to create a meal from a box of food items 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 that includes Season 10 finalist on Hell’s Kitchen, Barbie Marshall.
· 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.

April 28, 2016
6:30 pm to 9:00 pm
FBSJ Headquarters – 1501 John Tipton Boulevard, Pennsauken, NJ 08110

Hunger Games Teams
Participating companies include Subaru (2015 Champion), Panera Bread, Wells Fargo, Kennedy Health, Grayhair Software, BB & T, Capehart Scatchard, and The Soulfull Project.

Bite-Sized Dessert Competitors
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: Cookies by Design, Sugarpuddin, Seasons 52, Sift Bakeshop, Gallo’s Bakery, and Panera Bread.

Judges (4)
The judging panel includes Chef Barbie Marshall, Hell’s Kitchen finalist (2012); Marques Colston, National Football League star receiver; Tammy Paolino, Features Editor and food blogger at the Courier Post; and Scott Macom, radio host and amateur chef.

The event is open to the public. Tickets can be purchased for $10 through FBSJ’s website, and $15 at the door. Visit for more information.

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

To see what Food Bank Hunger Games is all about, review coverage of last year’s event here:

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
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Lou Martelli

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