Community Food Bank of New Jersey Holds Second Annual 'Feed a Family' Fundraiser

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EGG HARBOR TOWNSHIP, N.J. -

Nearly one million residents in New Jersey do not have enough food to eat.

Friday night, July 27th, the Community Food Bank of New Jersey Southern Branch is hoping to do something about that with the launch of the second annual, two-week-long Feed a Family Fundraiser. 

“You never know where hunger is because it’s very pervasive in our community," said Renate Taylor, director of Development for the Community Food Bank of New Jersey Southern Branch. "And it’s nice people and nice families. We struggle down here. We are number 1, number 2, and number 4 in the state for childhood hunger at almost 20-percent so every dollar is precious. 1 in 5 of our kids down here is hungry so I’d like to lower that number by a lot of digits."

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Last year, nearly 50 area restaurants participated. $35,000 was raised in just one week. This year, over 70 restaurants are participating starting this evening until August 12. 

“It’s a good day to start," said Mary Reyes, owner of Assaggio! restaurant. "People go out Fridays and Saturdays most of all so just open your pocketbooks and bring out $5. It’s not a lot. Sometimes you go out to eat and spend a lot more than that, but those $5 feed a family."

“It is an amazing opportunity for our community to come together and help raise precious dollars for our hungry families in Atlantic, Cape May, or Cumberland County," said Taylor.

As people come in and have a seat, they are presented with the chef’s specials of the day. The final special, the chance to add $5 to their bill to feed a family of four.

“It means a lot to me," said Reyes. "I mean all you can think of is children. I mean in my heart, it’s always, and it’s not always women, men also that have their children. To help them out in a time of need. Hopefully, things get better."

The Food Bank is working to provide long-term solutions to families dealing with poverty and hunger, one dollar at a time.

“Every dollar we raise is $8 worth of food for us," said Taylor. "We’re able to purchase on the co-op market. And that $8 worth of food provides everything you see in this warehouse. So it makes purchasing food for our hungry families just a tiny bit easier."

For just $5, every person that eats in one of the 70 restaurants (listed here) can help the number of children in South Jersey that do not know where their next meal is coming from each day.

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