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Free Food & Services

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Apply for Snap Food Assistance

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Healthy Recipes

Healthy Recipes

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Volunteer

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Advocate

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Fundraise

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Donate Food & Goods

Donate Food & Goods

Over one-third of our food is donated by generous supporters like you. Set up a food or special product drive, join our retail food donation program, and more.

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Make a Corporate Donation

Manufacturers, retailers, corporations, and small businesses can donate food, funds, and time.

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Youth

Youth

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Corporate Groups

Corporate Groups

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Special Volunteer Programs

Special Volunteer Programs

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Youth

Special Volunteer Programs

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About Us

About Us

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Strategic Plan

Strategic Plan

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How a FoodBank Works

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Annual Report & Financials

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Keep up to date with the latest news about our work to end hunger.

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Locations

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Our Programs

Learn about what we do to help our neighbors in need.

Learn about what we do to help our neighbors in need.

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Community FoodBank of New Jersey Launches Find Food Texting Service for Neighbors in Need

Community FoodBank of New Jersey Launches Find Food Texting Service for Neighbors in Need

Community FoodBank of New Jersey Launches Find Food Texting Service for Neighbors in Need 1280 550 CFBNJ

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Contact: Nicole Williams, Communications & Public Relations Manager

nwilliams@cfbnj.org / 732-798-5213

COMMUNITY FOODBANK OF NEW JERSEY LAUNCHES FIND FOOD TEXTING SERVICE FOR NEIGHBORS IN NEED

New tool helps New Jerseyans in CFBNJ’s service area locate food pantries, soup kitchens, and shelters near them,

connects them to other food assistance benefits

HILLSIDE, NJ—August 6, 2020

The Community FoodBank of New Jersey (CFBNJ) today announced the launch of a new Find Food texting service that allows people to easily locate their nearest food pantries, soup kitchens, and shelters. The service is available throughout CFBNJ’s eleven-county direct service area, which includes Atlantic, Bergen, Cape May, Cumberland, Essex, Hudson, Middlesex, Morris, Passaic, Somerset, and Union counties.

By texting “Find Food” for English or “Comida” for Spanish to 908-224-7776 and then entering their five-digit zip code, residents can receive the addresses and phone numbers of their nearest food assistance locations, as well as information on additional food assistance benefits.

“Faced with reduced work hours, unemployment, and the loss of free school meals due to the COVID-19 pandemic, so many of our New Jersey neighbors have found themselves in need for the first time in their lives,” said Carlos Rodriguez, President & CEO of the Community FoodBank of New Jersey. “Our goal is to make it as quick and easy as possible for them to access the services offered by CFBNJ’s agency network during this critical time.”

Feeding America projects a 56% increase in food insecurity in New Jersey as a direct result of COVID-19, a rate higher than the national average and exceeding the projected increases in neighboring states. And, with 750,000 New Jerseyans now facing the loss of the extra $600 per week in enhanced unemployment benefits provided by the CARES Act, the need for food assistance is only growing. One in six New Jersey residents who would otherwise be working are now without this lifeline, though the pandemic and its effects continue on.

Recent months have been record-breaking for CFBNJ, which has distributed more food than ever before in its 45-year history—enough for 30 million nutritious meals from March through July in response to the ongoing crisis. This includes nearly 89,000 emergency meal kits, each with enough nonperishable food to sustain a family for several days.

Residents can also get information about where to find food, how to contact their local boards of services, and how to access additional food benefits by calling CFBNJ’s Food Assistance Line at 1-908-838-4831. More information on CFBNJ can be found online at cfbnj.org.

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The Community FoodBank of New Jersey (CFBNJ), a member of Feeding America®, has been delivering food, help and hope across the state for 45 years. Last year, CFBNJ provided nutritious food for over 66 million meals through its network of more than 1,000 community partners including pantries, soup kitchens, emergency shelters, mobile pantries, and child and senior feeding programs throughout the 11 New Jersey counties it directly serves (Atlantic, Bergen, Cape May, Cumberland, Essex, Hudson, Middlesex, Morris, Passaic, Somerset and Union). For our hungry neighbors, the Community FoodBank of New Jersey is the powerful agent of change that fills the emptiness caused by hunger and provides resources that are essential to earning a sustainable living.

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