As the holiday season approaches it is important to remember those that are less fortunate. This country has experienced challenging times leaving some struggling to get by and to even put food on their table. Recently “Lets Talk Jets” radio interviewed Tristan Wallack the Food Sourcing Manager from the Community FoodBank of New Jersey to discuss ways that everyone can help those in need.
Can you tell us about the FoodBank and how it helps the community?
The Community FoodBank of New Jersey is the largest feeding organization in the state. We also happen to be one of the largest food banks in the country. Last year alone, we distributed more than 43 million pounds of food. Our food ends up in 17 of New Jersey’s 21 counties, and more than 4.7 million times a year, someone in need is fed by the FoodBank’s network of partner charities. We are able to reach all of these people through our more than 1,000 agencies (smaller feeding organizations such as food pantries, soup kitchens, after-school feeding programs, etc.), which receive food from us and distribute it among people in need in their communities.
During the holiday season, what are some of the biggest challenges for food banks?
The biggest challenge in the fall is logistics. We tend to have a lot more food drives and general donations from food companies. Our transportation fleet is very busy and our warehouse team is very active handling all of the product. It’s a good problem to have.
What are the best ways to help support the FoodBank, either as a volunteer or with donations?