Pennsauken, NJ, October 13, 2016 --(PR.com
)-- The Food Bank of South Jersey (FBSJ) announced today that it has been awarded a $50,000 Child Hunger Impact Grant from the Morgan Stanley Foundation to deliver direct meals services to low-income children in two Burlington County, New Jersey towns.
The funding will permit FBSJ to provide year-round meals assistance – breakfasts, after-school snacks, summer meals, dinners, and weekend provisions – to 42 children residing at the Ethel R. Lawrence Homes in Mount Laurel and 42 children attending the On the Wings of Love Christian Academy in Florence.
Ethel R. Lawrence Homes (ERLH) was one of the first affordable housing communities established for low-income families in New Jersey’s suburbs. The ERLH site includes the Margaret Donnelly Education Center, which features an after-school homework club, summer enrichment programs, tutoring, college prep assistance, and more. On the Wings of Love has been an agency partner in FBSJ’s distribution network for seven years; its ministries include a food pantry and daycare services.
Prior to the grant, FBSJ had supplied meals to On the Wings of Love Academy on a limited basis, providing summer meals (breakfasts and lunches) for its daycare program. FBSJ had not worked previously with ERLH.
“With this Child Hunger Impact Grant, we can make a difference for many children in Burlington County each and every day,” stated FBSJ President and CEO Val Traore. “We are thrilled to be entrusted with such a generous gift and to partner with Morgan Stanley in the effort to assure that nutrition essentials reach communities in need on a consistent basis.”
The grant is part of the Morgan Stanley Foundation’s recently announced $8 million, four-year pledge to support Feeding America, a nationwide network of 200 food banks, and its children’s hunger and produce programs. Since the firm’s partnership with Feeding America launched in 2009, the Foundation has given over $21 million, including $247,500 to the Food Bank of South Jersey.
“We are honored to be able to help The Food Bank of South Jersey in its important fight against child hunger,” said Morgan Stanley Complex Manager Christopher Shaw. “Our employees volunteer regularly with The Food Bank of South Jersey, so we are delighted to extend our support through this grant and provide even more children with the foods they need to learn, grow and thrive.”
FBSJ was one of 25 food banks nationally to receive the 2016 Child Hunger Impact Grant, administered through Feeding America.
“Grants like this from Morgan Stanley make a vital difference in our efforts to provide children with the nutritious meals they need every day,” said Nancy Curby, Interim Senior Vice President of Development at Feeding America. “More than 13 million children in the United States live at risk of hunger. Together, we can solve hunger and ensure that children have the fuel they need to grow healthy and strong.”
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.