Mission: The Community Foodbank distributes 40 million pounds of food and other groceries in 18 New Jersey counties, serving over 1,100 charitable organizations where hungry people turn for help. Food pantries, shelters, soup kitchens, child care centers, and senior programs. In addition to food distribution CFBNJ offers a job training program in which individuals receive the skills they need for jobs in the food-service industry. Our Kid's Division directly addresses children in need through it's Kids Closet, Kids Cafe, Tools 4 Schools and BackPack programs.
Programs: During its fiscal year ending june 30th, 2015, the community foodbank of new jersey faced -- and met-- many challenges. Cfbnj managed to distribute a record 44. 6 million pounds of food to more than 1,000 partner charities including soup kitchens, food pantries and child and senior feeding programs. At the same time, cfbnj maintained other highly-regarded services including job training, youth programs, advocacy, and snap (food stamps) outreach. More than 1. 1 million people in new jersey face hunger, including almost 400,000 children. The state's high cost of living, combined with stagnant wages and slow job growth, continued to put an extraordinary strain on families struggling to make ends meat. Cfbnj's southern branch in egg harbor township worked diligently to provide additional assistance when thousands of casino workers were laid off, and the entire organization weathered the retirement announcement of founder, president and ceo kathleen dichiara.
Wow - I wrote this second review because the first one is pretty much exactly the opposite of how I feel. The FoodBank is VERY well-managed - when you go to volunteer, they immediately put you to work and you'll work hard. When you leave, you'll be amazed at how much your group accomplished in two short hours. The staff is well-informed, friendly, and always helps volunteers, always says thank you. In addition to collecting, sorting an distributing food, the FoodBank trains jobless in food service careers, provides school supplies to teachers whose students don't have basic supplies, and works with social agencies to provide children's clothing. Those are just SOME of the ways they fight poverty - I highly recommend visiting their website to learn more about their other programs, and visiting their warehouse to volunteer so you can see everything that they do, firsthand. I have volunteered there for several years, bringing a group to the warehouse monthly. I don't know all of their political leanings, nor do I care - I just know they help thousands of people.