HILLSIDE, NJ – The Community FoodBank of New Jersey along with Feeding America® nationwide network of food banks combine forces in an effort to end hunger. During the month of September, Hunger Action Month, these organizations are mobilizing the public to raise awareness, take action and to face the reality of hunger.
42 million Americans, including 1 million New Jersey residents face hunger every day.
Yesterday began efforts across the country to focus on the greater good. Ocean State Job Lot joined the fight by kicking off its annual giving campaign with a food donation of 35,000 pounds to the Community FoodBank of New Jersey.
A 127-store discount retail chain, Ocean State Job Lot, is headquartered in Rhode Island and announced the 2017 Ocean State Job Lot Charitable Foundation’s Three Square Meals hunger-relief program throughout the Northeast. This program will distribute over 200 tractor-trailer loads of food to 19 food banks and pantries to get food to people in need.
Funds for Three Square Meals are raised by customer donations at the register, matching funds from the Job Lot Charitable Foundation and contributions from the business community. With its sizeable buying power Job Lot can purchase food at a significant savings. Among the items to be distributed are canned vegetables and fruit, soup, pasta, cereal, canned tuna, dried beans, rice, and more.
“We are appreciative of this generous donation of healthy food from Ocean State Job Lot,” Debra Vizzi, President and CEO of the Community FoodBank of New Jersey, said. “It’s especially fitting that we received the donation on Hunger Action Day, a day focused on taking action against hunger. This food will reach people in our communities who struggle with hunger every day.”
Visit cfbnj.org/ham to learn more about Hunger Action Month at the FoodBank.