Food Bank Holds Fundraiser to Help Feed Hungry Kids

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EGG HARBOR TOWNSHIP, N.J. -

Each month, officials with the Community Food Bank of New Jersey – Southern Branch are feeding families in Atlantic, Cape May, and Cumberland counties with almost one million pounds of food.

In the summertime, they provide even more meals for hungry kids, but they need help to do it.

“If you’re a kid and you get free lunch in school, where are you going to eat in the summer? There’s no place to eat,” said Renate Taylor, the development officer at the Community Food Bank of New Jersey – Southern Branch.

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So, officials with the Community Food Bank created a solution.

“We started setting up summer feeding sites for kids in South Jersey so they can have a wonderful breakfast, a hearty lunch, and a good snack before they go home,” said Taylor.

But they want to do more, so on Wednesday, June 6th, they are holding the first Night of 100,000 Meals for Hungry Kids.

The goal is to raise enough money to go from the 88,000 meals served last summer up to 100,000 meals this summer.

“Area neighbors, restaurants, [and] chefs are coming together and I want people to experience what hunger really is," said Taylor, "and that our scope of services goes beyond just hunger.”

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Rather than have the event at a hall, they decided to host it at their Egg Harbor Township facility not only to save money, but to also give those in attendance a taste of what they do here.

“I’d much rather save the money and have it here and really let people - donors [and] guests - experience what we do here and the magic that happens here,” said Taylor.

The cocktail reception will feature dishes from area restaurants and drinks from local breweries and wineries.

Attendees will also get a chance to try sample dishes created with typical food bank ingredients to really get a taste of what food bank clients are getting.

“You can’t get a job if you’re hungry [and] you can’t go to school and learn if you’re hungry," said Taylor. "How can you participate in our community and make yourself a better human being and try to do great things when you’re hungry.” 

Donations can be made and tickets are still available for purchase at cfbnj.org.

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