More than 67,000 residents in Atlantic, Cape May and Cumberland counties struggle with hunger. The weakening of traditional sources of employment, including fishing, farming and tourism, has contributed to the stagnant economic climate and the dire challenges many South Jersey families face.
Our Southern Branch in Egg Harbor Township works to alleviate hunger through an array of feeding programs and collaborations with more than 300 community partners.
Our 29,000 square-foot facility is home to a food pantry that provides food to individuals and families living in South Jersey communities without access to pantry services. Clients make appointments to come in and “shop” for food that meets their needs.
Our Mobile Pantry Program brings food to areas where there are not enough food pantries and soup kitchens to meet the need.
We fill the nutrition gap for food insecure kids by providing nourishing after-school meals every day so they don’t go home to sleep on empty stomachs. The program includes a nutrition education component aimed at teaching students about well-balanced diets.
For kids who receive free or reduced-price school meals and after-school dinners at our Kids Cafes, summer vacation can mean an end to knowing for sure when they will eat again. In order to bridge the gap, we serve breakfast and lunch to children in need at sites across the state — including Boys & Girls Clubs, recreation centers & libraries — through the USDA’s Summer Food Service Program (SFSP).
We work with schools in high-need districts to provide on-site pantries for families. In a safe environment, parents and children pick up nutritious food so they don’t go hungry.
AtlantiCare Pantry at the Plex
In partnership with AtlantiCare, we founded the Pantry at the Plex. The facility in Atlantic City is just one more way we address hunger as a health issue. Families in need receive medical screenings, healthy food and nutrition education so they can lead happy and healthy lives.