Dear FoodBank Friends,
Last year was one of heartbreak and heroics.
Through a historic natural disaster, the ongoing effects of COVID-19, and the persistence of systemic inequities and racially-motivated violence,we worked together to afford our neighbors in need the dignity of full refrigerators and home-cooked meals.
That’s why Recovery is the theme of our 2021 annual report. As our work and our world continue to evolve, one thing hasn’t changed – the compassion of supporters like you. Fueled by your generosity, CFBNJ and its network of community partners provided a record 85 million nutritious meals to hungry New Jerseyans during fiscal year 2021 – a 28% increase over the previous fiscal year. You helped us renew communities affected by Hurricane Ida and invest in the work of hundreds of local organizations.
To achieve our mission and affect transformative change in New Jersey, CFBNJ is accelerating its work to address disparities and ensure equitable access to food for all of our neighbors. We are focusing on underserved communities, addressing hunger differently for different populations, and championing legislation that removes barriers to food security. Particularly for individuals in underrepresented and marginalized groups – like Albert and Manny, whose stories you’ll read on the following pages – these efforts will make a tremendous difference.
Together, we’ve accomplished so much under extraordinary circumstances. I know that we can do even more – and with your continued support, we will. Thank you for investing in our mission and for believing that no one in our state should go hungry.
Carlos M. Rodriguez, President & CEO