With unemployment at unprecedented levels, demand has increased for the Community FoodBank of New Jersey’s (CFBNJ) vital services. In their role as a primary responder to disaster relief in New Jersey, CFBNJ continues to adapt and ensure access to nutritious food for vulnerable individuals and families. Since March 2020, CFBNJ has been coordinating walk up and drive through food distributions directly to neighbors in need.
Feeding America, of which CFBNJ is a member, projects a 56% increase in food insecurity throughout New Jersey as a result of COVID-19 – an additional 431,060 residents. This rate is higher than the national average of 46% and greater than any of New Jersey’s neighboring states. Moreover, children are disproportionately impacted – a 75% increase statewide which translates to approximately 165,000 additional children.
In FY20 (ending June 30, 2020), CFBNJ distributed the equivalent of 66.6 million meals, which is a record in its 45-year history. Nearly one-quarter of this total consisted of fresh produce. CFBNJ increased food distribution from an average of 4 million meals to 7 million meals per month. For FY21 (July 1, 2020 – June 30, 2021), they anticipate distributing a total of over 80 million meals.
In this time of crisis, and as always, the Community FoodBank of New Jersey is there for our struggling communities. But CFBNJ can’t do it alone. With your help, we can reach more families during this uncertain time. Your gift makes a difference – just $1 provides 3 nutritious meals.
“I’d like to thank CFBNJ for allowing me to feed my family.”
–John, Elizabethport Prebyterian Center client