With the holiday season quickly approaching it is important to not forget those that are less fortunate. Recently “Let’s Talk Jets” radio interviewed Nadine Rosenbaum-Lehrer, Director of Development & Gifts, for the Community FoodBank of NJ, to discuss ways to help out.
Can you tell us about the FoodBank and how it helps the community?
The Community FoodBank of New Jersey is the largest anti-hunger and anti-poverty organization in the state. We distributed over 43 million pounds of food last year among our more than 1,000 partner charities, which include pantries, soup kitchens and shelters. More than 4.7 million times a year, someone in need is fed by our network of partners.
During the holiday season, what are some of the biggest challenges for food banks?
Hunger is a 365-day-a-year problem. Hunger can be found in every county and every congressional district in New Jersey. The most vulnerable time of year for children is the summer because they miss out on school breakfasts and lunches. In a state where more than 1 million people – 340,000 of whom are children – don’t always know where their next meal is coming from, the biggest challenge is keeping up with the need – which we do, thanks to the support we receive from donors, volunteers and hunger-fighting advocates.
What are the best ways to help support the FoodBank, either as a volunteer or with donations?
Monetary donations are particularly critical to the FoodBank because every dollar donated results in the ability to provide five meals for New Jersey’s hungry men, women and children. The Community FoodBank of New Jersey has also received Charity Navigator’s top 4-star rating seven years in a row, something achieved by only 2 percent of the charities it rates. Online donations can be made at CFBNJ.ORG, and we will have special matching gift opportunities in mid-December. Virtual food drives and volunteering with your company or family are other ways to get involved!
To hear the full interview click here.