Though Atlantic City’s casinos have struggled with the economic effects of COVID-19, our friends at Borgata Hotel, Casino & Spa have remained steadfast in their support of CFBNJ’s mission, even during the pandemic.
When casinos were forced to shut down in early 2020, Borgata donated 35,000 pounds of food from its kitchens. Instead of going to waste, these nutritious items helped the FoodBank serve the miles long lines of neighbors in need impacted by furloughs, layoffs, and reduced work hours.
Later in the year, when a national coin shortage affected their ability to pay winnings to customers, they turned an obstacle into another opportunity to help the community by starting a change donation campaign at their ticket redemption machines. Beginning in September 2020, customers were encouraged to donate the coin portions of their winnings to the FoodBank, an effort that is still ongoing. So far, thanks to generosity of Borgata customers, the campaign has raised an incredible $150,000 for CFBNJ – enough to provide 450,000 nutritious meals!
“We had a problem and saw an opportunity to support our local community,” said Noelle McManus, Casino Controller. “Donating to the FoodBank is a great cause. Community first – that’s what it’s all about.”
CFBNJ has also been a beneficiary of Borgata’s 12 Days of Giving during the holiday season, receiving frozen turkeys and much-needed equipment.
Our partnership with Borgata predates the pandemic. They’ve purchased a refrigerator for our Egg Harbor Township warehouse, provided grants, and more.
“Our longstanding partnership with Borgata is really special,” said Carlos Rodriguez, President & CEO of the Community FoodBank of New Jersey. “Having a partner that’s so committed to the local community makes a big difference, especially in Atlantic City, where so many of our neighbors are struggling.”