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Source: Courier Post Online
The Food Bank of South Jersey is marking Hunger Action Month with a series of events in September that focuses on fighting food-insecurity and offering nutrition education. Activities include:
• The market rollout of the third season of Just Peachy Salsa, an Food Bank-branded product developed in collaboration with Campbell Soup Company and local peach growers.
• Honoring volunteers who helped make the Summer Feeding Program possible, which supplied 1,300 meals to low-income children daily for ten weeks during school recess.
• The initial deliveries of freezers, refrigerators and shelving to 14 charitable pantries in the Food Bank network, made possible by a grant awarded through BJ’s Wholesale Club.
• Collaboration with Wells Fargo, TD Banks, AAA, and other local corporate partners who will be assembling volunteer teams this month to support Food Bank various projects.
• Expansion of the Healthy Living Initiative programs, with a series of nutrition and cooking classes delivered to children at Camden’s Leap Academy.
“The campaign to alleviate hunger is a year-round one,” said Food Bank CEO Val Traore. “But in September, hundreds of food banks like ours bring one voice to America, highlighting the scope of the food-insecurity challenge across this country. Hunger impacts one in six Americans, from vulnerable children to vulnerable seniors, from displaced workers to displaced veterans.”
The call to action comes on the heels of the 2014 Hunger in America Report, compiled by Feeding America that shows that the Food Bank serviced nearly 200,000 unique clients last year in Camden, Burlington, Gloucester and Salem counties.