Congratulations to Gerald Davis, 2021 Freedom Medal Award Winner.
Presented by Commissioner Jonathan Young, Sr.
Gerald Davis, resident of Collingswood, is the Executive Director of the Touch New Jersey Food Alliance. He has been dedicated to food distribution to those in need for the past seven years. Davis accepted the position of Executive Director of TOUCH New Jersey in March of 2015, taking over the “shopping” food pantry in North Camden, New Jersey. He has grown the food distribution of the all-volunteer organization from an average of 5000 pounds of distributed food per week to approximately 12,500 pounds per week (pre-pandemic) to over 133,000 pounds per week from May to December in 2020 during the height of COVID-19.
Davis was given the Hunger Hero Award from Philabundance for his consistent efforts to feed those in need during the COVID-19 pandemic. TOUCH has delivered food in partnership with the Camden County Freeholders, Camden County Board of Social Services, Cooper Hospital, Cherry Hill Township, the towns of Lawnside and Collingswood, Winslow Township, the Knights of Columbus, and the American Legion. TOUCH is scheduled to distribute over 400 coats to those in need in Camden in partnership with the Camden Police Department and Cooper Hospital.
Davis is also a writer and employment counselor for the New Jersey Department of Labor, and a part-time babysitter for his two grandchildren in Cherry Hill.