Huggies & ShopRite Help New Jersey Combat Diaper Need

From July to October, ShopRite and Huggies donated 250,000 diapers to the Community FoodBank of New Jersey, a member of the National Diaper Bank Network.  This helps the 1 in 3 families struggling with diaper need in New Jersey.

How you can help:

  • Donate leftover diapers – have leftover diapers your child outgrew? Your local diaper bank can use them! Opened packages are fine, too.
  • Volunteer at a lo200396155-003cal diaper bank – donate your time, skills, experience, education or man power to support (email info@diaperbanknetwork.org to find a place to volunteer near you)
  • Host a diaper drive – every package of diapers you collect and every dollar you raise will impact needy infants and toddlers

The initiative is part of a larger donation of 500,000 diapers and $10,000 to the National Diaper Bank Network to help tackle diaper need—the struggle to provide enough clean diapers to keep a baby or toddler clean, dry, and healthy.*

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Comedy Catalyst

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Reserve your spot for the Comedy Catalyst show at Tierney’s Tavern in Montclair on Sunday, December 3, at 7:30 pm (seating at 7 pm) — all to benefit the Community FoodBank of New Jersey. Please call 973-396-6952 or email fourfourteen@comcast.net to reserve. Tickets are $15 with no food or drink minimum required (cash only). Special guest Sandy Ehlers will be there, as well KP Burke, Robin Siegel Lakin, Jason Liberti, Suzanne Linfante, Tom Mongelli and Donna Vaicels. Natty Bumpercar will host.

Donations of canned proteins, soups and stews, beans and rice, peanut butter, and fruits and vegetables will be collected. Your donation will enter you for a chance to win a special prize. Check out the Facebook event for more.

Community FoodBank Of New Jersey Voted Best Nonprofit

FoodBank_logo_The Community FoodBank of New Jersey, the state’s largest anti-hunger and anti-poverty organization, was named “Best Nonprofit” by NJBIZ’s inaugural Reader Rankings survey.

According to NJBIZ, thousands of “clients, colleagues and peers of businesses in New Jersey” voted for the best organizations in 52 categories, including philanthropy, health care and real estate.

“What makes the companies listed here distinct is the devotion they inspire among our region’s business leaders,” NJBIZ said.

For more than 40 years, the FoodBank has been on the front lines of combating hunger and poverty across New Jersey, where 1 million residents struggle with food insecurity. The FoodBank provides nutritious food through its community partners – including food pantries, soup kitchens and shelters – and through a range of innovative programs that serve food to children, seniors and families in need.

Last year, the FoodBank distributed more than 50 million pounds of food (equivalent to about 42 million meals). Every day, its warehouses in Hillside and Egg Harbor Township see hundreds of volunteers who lend their helping hands and representatives of local organizations who receive food from the FoodBank to distribute among people in their communities. Continue reading

New York Giants Players Give Thanks

 

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New York Giant Defensive Tackle, Cullen Jenkins (#99) is assisted by Stop & Shop’s, Sal Marconi (left) and Jose Alexandre (right) as New York Giants Players unloaded 1,500 Thanksgiving Turkeys that Stop & Shop donated to the Community FoodBank of New Jersey. Former Giants’ Running Backs Billy Taylor and Rodney Hampton, Wide Receivers Stephen Baker and Chris Calloway, Guard Rich Seubert, Punter Jeff Feagles and Defensive End Leonard Marshal also took part.

New York Giants Football Players Unloaded 1,500 Thanksgiving Turkeys that Stop & Shop donated to the Community FoodBank of New Jersey.

Stop & Shop’s Turkey Express program delivered nearly 21,000 turkeys to hunger relief organizations in New Jersey, New York, Connecticut, Massachusetts and Rhode Island this holiday season.

Hunger remains a very real problem in New Jersey with more families forced to make donated food an ongoing, basic part of their plan to make ends meet. More people are coming more often to pantries and other feeding programs because they are forced to use their ever-eroding resources to pay for other critical needs such as housing, transportation and medicine, with little or nothing left over for food. In the past year, the Community FoodBank of New Jersey distributed a record 44.6 million pounds of food. Almost 900,000 people in New Jersey rely on food banks, and 7.7 million times a year, someone in need is fed by a food bank partner charity.

  • Almost 400,000 children in New Jersey (nearly 1 in 5) are food insecure.
  • A great many families rely on public and private assistance to help feed their children, utilizing resources including school breakfasts and lunches, after-school meals, summer feeding programs, BackPack and Kids Cafe programs and other food provided by the Community FoodBank of New Jersey and its partner charities.
  • 77% said they had to choose between paying for utilities or food.
  • 73% chose between medicine and food.
  • 70% chose between housing and food.
  • 61% chose between transportation and food.
  • 35% chose between education and food.
  • 75% said they purchased inexpensive, unhealthy food as a way to cope.
  • 57% had a household member with high blood pressure.
  • 28% had a household member with diabetes.

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 $1 million this year for more than 300 local hunger relief organizations through the states that it operates in.