In response to heightened need in Atlantic City resulting from the pandemic’s effects on casinos and hospitality and tourism businesses, the Casino Reinvestment Development Authority (CRDA) helped to fund biweekly contactless distributions of emergency meal kits and supplemental fresh produce to casino workers and Atlantic City residents.  The eighteenth and last of these events was held in June 2021. “When you go to these Learn More

Since the start of the pandemic, CFBNJ has distributed enough food for an incredible 95 million nutritious meals across 15 counties! As she received an emergency meal kit to sustain her family for several days, Maria, a recipient at one of our large-scale distributions, told us, “I haven’t been working Learn More

Like many other pantries across the nation, our Egg Harbor Township location’s on-site Community Assistance Pantry experienced an unprecedented surge in demand amidst the COVID-19 pandemic.  With food insecurity rates in Atlantic, Cape May, and Cumberland counties among the highest in the state our Community Assistance Pantry has remained dedicated to maintaining the dignity and well-being of clients Learn More

Since last March, countless New Jersey residents have experienced the loss of crucial income from layoffs and reduced hours, as well as changes in their daily lives from the shutdown of businesses, schools, daycares, and after-school programs.  Marissa, who we met in the early days of the pandemic, was one such New Jerseyan grappling with these unforeseen changes.  “The adults in my Learn More

Children are among those most heavily impacted by the lasting effects of the pandemic, as food insecurity among kids has risen by a shocking 75%. As schools, after-school programs, and daycare centers have largely been closed, many children have been left without their most reliable sources of nutritious food.  For this reason, CFBNJ’s main priorities during the pandemic included elevating our child Learn More

Despite the unprecedented health crisis and a drop in food donations, St. Cecilia Office of Concern Food Pantry in Englewood, a pantry that got its start in 1980, kept its doors open through the entire pandemic. “We’ve stayed open throughout the pandemic because we’ve got to feed the people,” said Donald, Food Pantry Director. “Most of us Learn More