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Food Bank of South Jersey Launches Young Philanthropists Network

Pennsauken, NJ, May 27, 2016 --( The Food Bank of South Jersey (FBSJ) today announced the formation of the Young Philanthropists Network (YPN), a program designed to connect business professionals under age 40 to the non-profit organization’s mission of alleviating food insecurity.

The YPN is expected to attract rising executives from diverse business sectors, each of whom will conduct a modest fundraising campaign this summer that will directly benefit FBSJ’s children’s programs.

“Our goal is to both honor and challenge YPN participants,” stated Yarissa Reyes, FBSJ Director of Strategic Marketing. “These are individuals who have already demonstrated civic responsibility and leadership. Through YPN, they will get the opportunity to impact multiple local communities, be mentored by accomplished business executives serving on our Board of Trustees, and create valuable relationships with other YPN members.”

FBSJ aims to have 15 members participate in the inaugural YPN class. Candidates are typically nominated by a peer or leader from their organization but they may apply for acceptance directly.

Each YPN member will be asked to raise $1,500 through their own fundraising page; all donations will help support FBSJ’s award-winning Summer Meals Program (SMP), projected to deliver more than 200,000 meals to low-income children this year. They can also participate in a special service project, working side-by-side with volunteers to prepare fresh sandwiches distributed through SMP.

FBSJ will hold a welcome reception to kick off the YPN program at its Pennsauken headquarters on June 16. An awards ceremony will be held on September 29 to recognize YPN members who meet and exceed fundraising goals.

To submit a candidate for YPN or to learn more about the program, contact Yarissa Reyes at 856-662-4884, Extension 133 or through Information is also available at

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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