TRENTON, NJ – Gov. Phil Murphy signed bill A5405, which will direct $10 million from the Coronavirus Relief Fund established under the Federal Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act to the New Jersey Department of Agriculture.
This funding will be distributed to seven New Jersey food banks in order to continue providing families with food assistance during the pandemic. Governor Murphy previously allocated $25 million in Coronavirus Relief Fund (CRF) funding to food banks in New Jersey.
“Our food banks have been a critical resource for thousands of families impacted by the pandemic,” said Governor Murphy. “Today’s necessary funding will help organizations to continue supporting New Jerseyans to put food on the table for their families. I want to thank our Congressional Delegation for their commitment to secure this funding.”
The funding will be distributed to the following organizations:
- Community Food Bank of New Jersey, $5,200,000;
- The Food Bank of South Jersey, $1,500,000;
- Fulfill Monmouth & Ocean, $1,500,000;
- Mercer Street Friends Food Bank, $1,100,000;
- Norwescap, $300,000;
- Southern Regional Food Distribution Center, $300,000; and
- Farmers Against Hunger, $100,000.
“Food banks carry out a crucial and valuable role in serving the food insecure for all communities throughout New Jersey,” NJDA Secretary Douglas Fisher said. “This funding will help ensure access to meals and the necessary assistance for those who may find themselves in need of a helping hand during a time of stress."