New Jersey’s food banks need our help! Although the holiday season has ended, when more people are compelled to make charitable contributions, we have to hold onto that giving spirit.
Higher food costs, rising unemployment and other financial hardships are leading a greater number of people to seek assistance from food distribution programs. More people than ever are living at the margins of poverty and need help from food banks and charities. Even before we entered this recession, almost half of the households receiving assistance from the Community FoodBank of New Jersey had to choose between buying food and paying rent.
This year, the state has seen a 30 percent increase in the number of people seeking assistance. Food banks across the state are experiencing shortages.
The recent economic collapse has been called the worst financial crisis since the Great Depression. Someone you know is probably receiving much-needed assistance from a food bank.
Please help your local food bank today with a donation of nonperishable goods or cash. Some local businesses are also helping to raise awareness. For those within The Provident Bank’s service area, the bank is hosting a special drive called “Deposit $1 of Hope.” It will support the Community FoodBank of New Jersey, which provides food to hundreds of local food pantries, soup kitchens, senior centers, daycare centers, homeless shelters and residential programs. Anyone, whether a Provident customer or not, can come in to one of our branches to make a donation.
You can donate food, money or even your time. Please visit www.njfoodbank.org to learn how you can contribute today!
Vice President, Corporate Communications
The Provident Bank
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