The Community FoodBank of New Jersey thanks the Provident Bank Foundation for its partnership in fighting hunger in Union, Bergen, Essex, Hudson, Middlesex, Morris, Passaic and Somerset counties. Provident Bank’s generous support is helping the FoodBank provide more food to hungry people in New Jersey, including fresh foods like fruits and vegetables, dairy products, seafood and meats. The grant will benefit our food distribution program for member charities, among them soup kitchens, food pantries and shelters. It will also benefit our Pediatric Pantry Program, operated in collaboration with medical centers in Newark, Elizabeth and Paterson. These pantries help provide additional groceries to low-income families with pre-school children.
In response to the growing need in our communities, the FoodBank distributed more than 43 million pounds of food in 2014. Persistent unemployment and underemployment, coupled with rising food prices and healthcare costs, has made it difficult for many low-income families to put food on their tables.
The Provident Bank Foundation was established in 2003 with the intent of supporting not-for-profit groups, institutions, schools and other organizations that provide valuable services to the communities served by Provident Bank. The Provident Bank Foundation is committed to strengthening and sustaining its relationship with communities in the Bank’s marketplace that has been serving people and businesses for over 175 years, and has more than 75 branches spanning 11 counties in northern and central New Jersey.
The FoodBank is truly thankful to the Provident Bank Foundation for helping to meet the need in our communities!
Jane Kurek, executive director, The Provident Bank Foundation (center) accompanied by Paula Palermo, vice president, Provident Bank present Phyllis Dunlop, vice president, the Community Food Bank of New Jersey with a check.