HILLSIDE – Today, the Community FoodBank of New Jersey (CFBNJ) opens its newly remodeled volunteer center, funded by a $1 million grant from Bank of America. To celebrate the unveiling, a ribbon cutting ceremony is being hosted by Kathleen DiChiara, president and CEO, CFBNJ and Bob Doherty, New Jersey president, Bank of America, at the CFBNJ headquarters in Hillside.
The CFBNJ distributed 40 million pounds of food to more than 900,000 hungry people across the state of New Jersey in the last year alone. The new volunteer center totals 4,800 square feet, more than triple the size of the old venue. Designed to be a warm, welcoming space for the FoodBank’s 32,000 valued volunteers in the midst of the busy food storage warehouse, the center will be a place for them to gather and mingle before and after their volunteer experience. It will also serve as a workspace for the hundreds of volunteers who assemble the FoodBank’s quarterly newsletter and Check-Out Hunger materials.
“Our efforts to feed hungry people across the state would not be possible without the help and generosity of our volunteers and donors. We are deeply grateful to Bank of America for sponsoring our wonderful new volunteer center,” said Kathleen DiChiara, president and CEO, CFBNJ.
“I know from firsthand experience that the individuals and families who volunteer at the FoodBank are an incredibly dedicated, selfless group,” said Bob Doherty, New Jersey president, Bank of America. “The new volunteer center will help them make an even greater impact, and encourage others to commit their time and improve the lives of others.”
Hunger is a serious and pervasive issue, both here in New Jersey and across the country. Nationally, 48.8 million Americans – including 16.2 million children – live in households that lack the means to get enough nutritious food on a regular basis . In New Jersey, 19 percent of children face food insecurity and 60 percent of eligible children participate in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) program .
Bank of America is partnering with Feeding America as the exclusive sponsor of its Give A Meal campaign. For every $1 donated, Bank of America will give $2 more to help Feeding America and CFBNJ provide meals to needy individuals and families, up to a total of $1.5 million in online and text donations.
Give A Meal enables individuals to access valuable services and programs that address critical needs while helping them prepare for a more financially stable future. Contributions can be made online at www.bankofamerica.com/give or www.feedingamerica.org/BankofAmerica. Local donors can direct their contribution to CFBNJ, which also accepts donations throughout the year at http://www.njfoodbank.org.
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