Fundraising For New Jersey’s Hungry Hearts @springsteen @CFBNJ @MetLife

Springsteen Fans and MetLife Foundation Support Food Bank

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The Community FoodBank of New Jersey and Bruce Springsteen have been fighting hunger together for more than 30 years. The most recent effort took place at Springsteen’s three MetLife Stadium concerts on August 23, 25 and 30.

At Springsteen’s invitation, FoodBank staff and volunteers carried buckets at all entrances to collect donations from fans, and MetLife Foundation topped off their contributions. The FoodBank raised enough funds to provide 514,700 meals for food insecure people across New Jersey.

Springsteen’s three performances broke records in terms of length, and the FoodBank broke records in terms of funds raised. The Community FoodBank of New Jersey is proud of and deeply grateful for its longstanding partnership with Springsteen, as well as the support of his fans, MetLife Stadium and MetLife Foundation.

ABOUT CFBNJ: The Community FoodBank of New Jersey, a member of Feeding America®, provides people across the state with food, help and hope. The FoodBank distributed over 43 million pounds of food last year to its more than 1,000 partner charities including pantries, soup kitchens, emergency shelters, mobile pantries, and child and senior feeding programs. More than 4.7 million times a year, someone in need is fed by the FoodBank’s network of partner charities.

CONTACT: Mary Faddoul, Communications Specialist,mfaddoul@cfbnj.org / 908-355-3663 ext. 282

In An Effort to Help New Jersey Residents Impacted by Cuts in SNAP Food Stamps, NY Giants Players Helped Unload 1500 Turkeys that Stop & Shop Donated to the Community FoodBank of New Jersey

via Julia Tomkins at  Newark Patch

NY Giants Center, Kevin Boothe was among the football heroes who responded to a call for emergency assistance from the Community Food Bank of New Jersey, by helping to unload 1500 turkeys that Stop & Shop Supermarket donated to the FoodBank.

Food Advocates say the situation became more challenging at the start of this month when the Federal Government cut the assistance it provided to those in need. Approximately one million New Jersey residents will see smaller amounts in the food assistance because a temporary boost the federal SNAP program expired. Approximately $5 billion will be cut from the program in fiscal year 2014 nationwide. $90 million of that will be in New Jersey.

Stop & Shop’s Turkey Express program will deliver nearly 21,000 turkeys to hunger relief organizations in New Jersey, New York, Massachusetts, Rhode Island and Connecticut this holiday season. Stop & Shop donates over $12 million in product and financial support to individual food banks. In addition to the Turkey Express program, Stop & Shop continues to fight hunger through the Food for Friends campaign, which will raise more than $2 million this year for more than 300 local hunger relief organizations through the six states that it operates in.

All households that receive SNAP saw a cut in their benefits at the start of the month. According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, a family of three that is receiving the maximum benefits in New Jersey, there will be a reduction of approximately $29 per month, from $526 to $497

The NY Giants players say they hope their efforts will lead others to help the Community FoodBank of New Jersey and other charitable organizations meet the needs of the hungry at this difficult time.