In the past, I’ve chosen one charity each month to support with a donation. I’ve chosen lots of different types of charitable organizations all depending on what happened to me throughout the year. For example, if someone I knew was recently diagnosed with cancer, I’d donate to an organization that helped support that particular kind of cancer. This year, we have decided to give a donation to twelve New Jersey charities (one for each month) and tell you about which ones we’ve chosen.
For March we chose the Community FoodBank of New Jersey. If you’re a long-time reader of the site, you know that I’ve been involved with them for awhile doing some events through my work and I really like them. They’ve always seemed like a well-oiled machine to me.
The Community FoodBank of New Jersey began when Kathleen DiChiara began distributing groceries out of the trunk of her car in 1975. The first year, eventually operating from the fourth floor of the Mount Carmel Guild building in Newark, the Community FoodBank distributed nearly 2 million pounds of groceries. In 1982, the FoodBank was incorporated and moved up to an unheated former meat-packing plant in Newark’s Ironbound district. The FoodBank’s distribution of food to charities throughout the state steadily grew, and in 1987 moved its location to a larger warehouse, a 43,000-foot warehouse with enough freezer and refrigerator space to accommodate more frozen foods, meats, milk, and fresh fruits and vegetables. In 1993 continued support and program growth led the FoodBank to its current 280,000 square-foot facility in Hillside, New Jersey. Today, they distribute 37 million pounds of food and groceries a year, ultimately serving 1,500 non-profit programs including 436 programs served by its Partner Distribution Organizations. Through their combined efforts, they assist 900,000 low-income people in 18 of New Jersey’s 21 counties.
You, too, can donate to the Community FoodBank of New Jersey by clicking here. More and more people are going hungry here in New Jersey as the economy and Hurricane Sandy are effecting families state-wide. So join us this month and do what you can.
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