#BetterTogether: Season of Giving

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Community Food Bank of New Jersey helps serve millions across state

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CBS2 is kicking off our Season of Giving campaign by teaming up with the Community Food Bank of New Jersey. The CFBNJ has been helping the food insecure for 47 years.

As CBS2’s John Elliott reports, everything about the organization is big. Their North Jersey warehouse is 285,000 square feet; that’s five football fields. They serve 800 food pantries, soup kitchens and food and family centers around the state, but perhaps the biggest number is the hardest to comprehend:  in 2021, they served 85 million meals. That number is profound proof of how many people are hungry in our area.

“I think people need to understand it’s not just people in poverty; there’s a middle class, if we have that anymore, who need food, have food insecurities just as well,” said Daryl Walker, with CFBNJ.

Food and family are important this time of year, but meeting those food family needs this year is going to be challenging.

“We feel that every family deserves a great Thanksgiving meal, and we’re going to try our hardest to make that happen,” said CFBNJ Director of Operations Alex Gonzalez.

They couldn’t do it without volunteers who manage to give and get at the same time.

“For me, it brings a lot of joy to my heart because I know that some child is going to go to bed full,” volunteer Erdeana Ward said.

“It’s a little sad sometimes when you hear the numbers and how many people are in need of food, but it feels really good to give back, especially around the holidays,” volunteer Jody Ventimiglia said.

Volunteers from Ocean Healthcare packaged up over 1,000 boxes with enough food to feed over 4,000.  

“I’m just blessed to help as much as possible,” one volunteer said.

“It’s all about the kids and the family. That’s what it’s about,” another volunteer said.

To learn more about the Community Food Bank of New Jersey and make a donation, volunteer and more, CLICK HERE.

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