The Community FoodBank of New Jersey just stepped up for us, drawing from their own funds to provide meals for our neighbors who depend on Sage Eldercare’s Meals on Wheels in Berkeley Heights, Chatham, Madison, Millburn, Mountainside, New Providence, Short Hills, Springfield & Summit.
The Community FoodBank of New Jersey is a primary disaster relief responder in the State of New Jersey, and as such, the FoodBank is in the midst of a major relief effort to address the COVID-19 crisis. The FoodBank is experiencing an increase between 35-60% in need throughout the state as of today –– and this number will likely increase.
Many of the people they serve are already feeling the economic impact of COVID-19, while others will find themselves struggling for the first time. These are particularly critical circumstances – college students returning home; SNAP benefits running out mid-month; children at home without access to school meals; at-risk seniors facing greater social isolation. With such a high percentage of New Jersey residents living paycheck to paycheck, the current crisis will have an unprecedented impact on our neighbors in need today, in the immediate future and beyond. We are preparing for the long-term economic impact and know that the FoodBank, a precious community asset, will continue to serve a vital role in the recovery phase.
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