On November 6, the Community FoodBank of New Jersey held its first large-scale turkey distribution of the 2019 holiday season in Plainfield to enable our partner food panties and soup kitchens to pick up Thanksgiving turkeys and roasters for the hungry neighbors in their communities.
Throughout the morning, nine agencies from Plainfield received about 1,200 turkeys and roasters with the help of Plainfield’s mayor, Mayor Adrian O. Mapp, who came out to show his support and gratitude.
“We don’t think that anyone should go hungry at any time,” Mayor Mapp told reporters from local outlets that covered the distribution. “This is why we’re so passionate about caring and helping and providing for those who are not able to provide for themselves.”
FoodBank staff, volunteers, and members of the Plainfield community worked together to distribute the holiday food to the participating agencies, who will then provide Thanksgiving meals to families who might otherwise go without.
“We’re here to provide roasters and turkeys to over 1,200 families here living in Plainfield,” said Julienne Cherry, the FoodBank’s Director of Agency Relations. “At the Community Foodbank of New Jersey this is what we do, we help close the gap of food insecurity to ensure that our neighbors in need have access to nutritious food especially during the holiday months.”
This distribution was one of ten that will take place across the state throughout the month of November. This year, we are excited to provide more than 25,000 turkeys and roasters to help share the joy of Thanksgiving with our neighbors—a touching example of how the FoodBank does more than just give out food, we provide meals that impact our neighbors’ lives.