Food Bank of South Jersey
The Food Bank of South Jersey provides life-saving food to nearly 200,000 children, seniors, and families in need through its network of 250 food pantries.
The Food Bank of South Jersey (FBSJ) exists to provide an immediate solution to the urgent problem of hunger by providing food to people in need, teaching them to eat nutritiously, and helping them to find sustainable ways to improve their lives.
Our impact is realized and achieved primarily through procuring high quality, surplus food and providing it to seniors, children, the working poor, and other individuals and families in need of food assistance through the 250 member agencies which are part of our emergency feeding network. The members of this network consist of a diverse mix of emergency feeding programs, such as food pantries and soup kitchens, congregate feeding programs, senior and after-school feeding services, short and long-term shelter services, and drug and alcohol substance centers. It is through these members that the FBSJ distributes 10 million pounds of food to almost 200,000 food insecure individuals living in Camden, Salem, Gloucester and Burlington Counties.
The FBSJ also addresses the intersectionality of hunger and poverty in South Jersey through direct service programs that address the very specific needs among underserved populations in the region. Among them, our youth-based programs (School Pantry, Kids Pack, and Summer Feeding), senior services (Twilight Harvest and Therapeutic Mobile Pantry), and family education and outreach (Healthy Living Initiative and mobile food pantry) are dedicated to providing healthy food and nutritional education services focused on the very acute needs of marginalized populations.
Sustenance is a pressing need, but the need for finding paths to self-sufficiency is also essential. The Food Bank of South Jersey addresses both ends of that continuum with food to alleviate hunger and educational and job skills programming to improve lives.