(Camden, NJ) – As the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic continues to take its toll on the community, food insecurity threatens to affect countless Camden County residents who experience a loss of income or employment. The Freeholder Board is working with organizations and agencies in the region to ensure that residents in need are always able to receive food assistance.
“We have already received reports from food banks in the area working at 200 percent of their normal operations, and we anticipate that their client-base will only grow as the economic fallout from coronavirus deepens,” said Freeholder Director Louis Cappelli, Jr. “If you are able and interested, please consider donating to one of the organizations in our community which are working tirelessly to ensure that no one in Camden County goes hungry during this crisis.”
Food Bank of South Jersey
The Food Bank of South Jersey is accepting cash donations at foodbanksj.org which will be used to purchase food and distribute it to local pantries. Food donations are best made to your local pantry, a list of which is available at www.foodbanksj.org.
If you are seeking services, please visit www.foodbanksj.org to find your local pantry and their hours. When visiting your local pantry, please remember to appropriately social distance, stand six feet apart, and wear face covers.
Cathedral Kitchen in Camden City is also accepting financial donations of any size to support its operations while revenue is limited. If you’d like to donate, please visit https://donatenow.networkforgood.org/donatetoCK. If you are interested in donating food, please contact Alex Wills at firstname.lastname@example.org to make arrangements.
For those in need, Cathedral Kitchen is offering to-go meals which are distributed Monday to Friday from 3:15 p.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturdays from 12 p.m. to 1 p.m., at 514 Federal Street in Camden City. Visitors should wear masks and practice social distancing in line.
Touch New Jersey
Touch New Jersey also provides food support for the homeless and food insecure. They are asking anyone interested in helping to support their mission during this crisis to reach out to them via their Facebook page to see how you can help.
If you are need of resources, Touch New Jersey distributes food Monday to Friday at 549 State Street in Camden City starting at 10 a.m. and while supplies last. Visitors are asked to wear masks and practice social distancing while in line.
The many agencies supporting the homeless right now are facing the challenge of a lifetime during this pandemic. To learn how you can help, please visit https://camdencounty.com/heartsandhands.