This week, we are highlighting an impressive Red Rabbit partner that is continuing to work hard to feed their community during this crisis: Food Bank of South Jersey (FBSJ)! From mobile meals, to housing developments, to schools, FBSJ feeds any child who needs food in their area, and we are so proud to work with them!
Who are they? Based out of Pennsauken, NJ, and celebrating their 35 year anniversary this year, the Food Bank of South Jersey provides "food to people in need, teaching them to eat nutritiously, and helping them to find sustainable ways to improve their lives." As a food bank, the urgent need is hunger, and they are a trusted beacon of hope for residents of South New Jersey.
What are they doing? FBSJ mobilized quickly to meet the needs of the crisis, and set up a mobile meals distribution route, as well as an additional 20 distribution sites for kids (and increasing every week!). They've partnered with community organizations, housing developments, schools and religious organizations to serve an incredibly vast geography from Burlington to Glassboro. They also have been working to make things easy for families by providng multi-day meal packs, distributing to their communities on Mondays & Wednesdays, limiting exposure for their families as well as their incredible teams of volunteers.
How are they doing it? The FBSJ team has partnered with the state to swiftly onboard new sites every week. When the crisis began, they switched over from CACFP funding to SFSP (Summer Food Service Program) programming. Their usual summer programs serve approximately 5,000 children across South Jersey, so they've tapped into that network of sites, working closely with their NJ representatives to get sites approved to serve with less than a week's turnaround time. After eight weeks, they are serving over 1500 meals a day...and counting