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Over 1,200 Boxes of Goodness to Help Combat Camden County's Food Insecurity

May 27, 2020

CAMDEN, NJ — With help from non-profit Touch New Jersey, freeholders will provide fresh food to the residents of Camden County this Friday.

The weekly food drives, aiming to lessen the burden of the COVID-19 pandemic on local families, began last week at Antioch Baptist Church and at St. John Baptist Church — where roughly 200 families walked away ...

First Lady Tammy Murphy Becomes #CamdenStrong at Volunteer Event 

CAMDEN, NJ - The only time NJ’s First Lady Tammy Murphy took a break Thursday morning in Camden was when she switched from serving hot meals to handing out face masks. 

“It’s the first place I’ve been to in multiple weeks, where the sun’s been shining so that tells you something,” Murphy told TAPinto Camden upon arriving at her new ...

Three Semi Trucks of Food to be Distributed in Camden Thanks to Touch NJ

CAMDEN, NJ — When Gerald Davis, executive director of non-profit Touch New Jersey, recently got on the phone with Philabundance — the Philadelphia area's largest hunger relief organization — one semi-truck was on the table. 

The 1,600 boxes of food — including fresh meat, dairy, fruits, vegetables, bread and hot plates — on 14 pallets would seem like ...

Project H.O.P.E. Continues to Help Camden’s Underserved With Nearly $300K in Grants

CAMDEN, NJ — Project H.O.P.E., a health center in Camden, announced this week a series of roughly $288,000 in grants that will help it continue to treat the city’s underserved communities most at risk during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. 

The most recent award of $183,000 announced Wednesday came courtesy of the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), ...

Pop-Up Library Founder Wants to Help Camden Escape Into a Book

CAMDEN, NJ — Tom Martin hasn’t been relegated to his Haddon Township home during a global pandemic in the year 2020. He’s been in Seattle circa 1992 alongside Jon Dorenbos — an NFL long-snapper who would turn tragedy into a “magical” life journey.

Such is the escapism that Martin, founder of non-profit Camden County Pop-Up Library, wants to help his ...

Garbage Bag Gala, Which Supports Camden's Kroc Center, Moved to 2021

CAMDEN, NJ — The 5th annual Garbage Bag Gala, which lends support to women's and family programs at Camden’s Salvation Army Ray and Joan Kroc Community Center every year, has been postponed to 2021.

“We made attempts to work on postponement plans for 2020 (considering both July and September) but finally determined it would be too difficult to pull off while keeping ...

Health Crisis Can’t Stop Camden's LUCY Outreach From Extending Its Hand

CAMDEN, NJ — Lifting Camden’s youth, the mantra behind LUCY Outreach, has never been more dire than during the COVID-19 pandemic, says Kristin Prinn, executive director and founder of the non-profit. 

Based on Federal Street in the hard-hit East Camden, the organization has managed to continue serving hundreds of mentees - most in Camden city - by shifting its platform ...

Vouchers and Campaigns: Camden Neighborhood Groups Prop Up Businesses

CAMDEN, NJ — Jose Placencia, 27, works the register at Litwin Food Market in Camden and the past month has been anything but normal. 

Floor markers delineating where shoppers should stand. A counter at the front door limiting customer capacity. Face masks no longer just a suggestion. 

As the nephew of the Elm Street market’s owner, Placencia said he has been privy ...

Grants Aid 5 Non-Profits in the City of Camden with COVID-19 Response

CAMDEN, NJ — Five non-profit organizations in the city of Camden, as well as a sixth in Pennsauken, were among the more than 20 in the region to benefit from the first round of COVID-19 grants from the Community Foundation of South Jersey. 

Up to $100,000 were provided to the following nonprofits helping the city manage in the midst of the pandemic: LUCY Outreach, Parkside Business ...

Camden to Offer Fresh Produce for Families Affected by Pandemic

CAMDEN, NJ — At least 10,000 pounds of fresh produce will be distributed Saturday in Camden for families in need of food.  

The pop-up market, made possible through the administration, the county freeholder board, Farmers Against Hunger and Cooper's Ferry Partnership, will open for walk-ups and vehicle traffic at 12:30 p.m. at the BB&T Center's ...

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NJ’s CSAs Stepping Up to Provide Local Food During Pandemic

May 23, 2020

As people avoid going into grocery stores during the coronavirus pandemic, many in New Jersey are turning to CSAs as an alternate source for fresh food.

CSAs, or community supported agriculture programs, connect local farmers with consumers. They typically provide locally grown fruits, vegetables and herbs. Some also offer other kinds of locally produced foods, such as eggs, cheese, ...

Southern New Jersey Needs Infrastructure Upgrades to Support Post-COVID Economy

May 21, 2020

Before the coronavirus pandemic struck our nation, South Jersey was getting back on its feet economically. Unfortunately, not all parts of New Jersey bounced back so quickly from the recession of years past and the closing of several casinos in Atlantic City made the road back that much longer. Now, in our post-COVID-19 future, South Jersey is going to have to work twice as hard to become the ...

Statewide Virtual NJ Race for Recovery because our Mental Health matters

May 27, 2020

NJ Race for Recovery

 

Shore House Statewide Virtual “NJ Race for Recovery” Announced

 

We hear again and again that mental health matters. It does. For all of us. The mental health effects of the pandemic could linger long after the crisis has passed. Moving forward, we will all need to heal, recover, rebuild, de-stress and come back stronger physically and ...

The Jaffe Briefing - May 28, 2020

TRENTON – Calling out “knuckleheads” and telling them to “cut the crap” is racking up lots of brownie points for Gov. Phil Murphy. Perhaps that’s why a new Rutgers-Eagleton poll shows Murphy’s job-approval rating has “catapulted” to 77 percent since last May. The chief pollster says these numbers make Murphy one of our ...