December 15, 2008

We Can't Let This Bank Fail

Across New Jersey today, Bloggers are bringing attention to the immediate need that the Food Bank of New Jersey has right now. With the current state of the economy hitting so many people across the nation right now, those who are in New Jersey are also impacted. Many who used to be able to donate to the Food Pantry may now be in need of their services. Unfortunately, the shelves are not as full as they once were.

Please read on to see how you can help. For those New Jersey citizens, you may have seen the ad campaign that Bruce Springsteen has been a part of recently, "We Can't Let This Bank Fail". The Food Bank is looking for people to help in any way possible to prevent the possibility of having to ration their food supplies in order to provide for all those who have requested assistance.

According to the Food Bank, "This is a state-wide crisis, with the unstable economy resulting in a 30 percent increase in those needing food. In years past, the Community FoodBank of New Jersey has provided assistance to more than 500,000 New Jerseyans, but expects to see a major uptick in need this year, especially during the winter months when people often struggle between paying heating and food bills."

Please visit The Statewide Emergency Food and Anti-Hunger Network site to find Food Pantries that are in your immediate area. They are all in need of assistance now more than ever.

As the state's key distributor of food to local banks – serving more than 500,000 people a year and providing assistance to nearly 1,700 non-profits in the state – the stability of replenishment of the CFBNJ is essential to ensuring that individuals in need have access to food.

If everyone could just do a little, it would help those in need a lot. To help, people can:

1. Make a monetary contribution: Visit
2. Donate food: Drop off a bag of food at your local food pantry.
3. Organize a food drive: We can help explain the logistics of starting a food drive. Just call 908-355-FOOD.
4. Help "Check Out Hunger:" Look for the "Check Out Hunger" coupons at your local supermarket and donate. No donation is too small!

One thing that people commonly confuse is the role of the food bank. The CFBNJ is similar to a wholesale distributor, as they provide food to more than 1,600 charities throughout the state, which then give food directly to the hungry (the food bank does not give food directly to individuals). The food bank also does not accept small amounts of food, such as a cart of groceries. They encourage those donations go directly to a local food pantry or soup kitchen. Rather, the food bank accepts large quantity food donations, such as a truck full of groceries, as well as monetary donations which they stretch to purchase food at wholesale prices, such as 300 lb. bags of rice, for example.

As a group, the bloggers listed below have joined together to bring this dire situation to light. Please consider helping in any way you can. As mentioned above, no donation is too small. You can help by making a donation while doing your usual grocery shopping. Or purchase an extra bag of groceries and drop that by your local food pantry site. Whatever you can do, is appreciated and will help those families in our state who are in need. At this time of year, those of us who are lucky enough to have food in our kitchens can afford to share a bit of that with those who are struggling. You never know when you might be the one in need in the future.

Please visit the blogs (over 100 NJ bloggers!) below as they will all be focusing on the Food Bank's needs today. It is an incredible group of people who have come together to help those in need by getting the word out.

Participating Bloggers for “We Can’t Let This Bank Fail” campaign

3) Jersey Girl Cooks
4) Simply Sable
5) John and Lisa are eating in South Jersey
6) Padma's Kitchen
7) Chefdruck
8) Life Lightly Salted
9) My Italian Grandmother
10) Cook Appeal
11) Crotchety Old Man Yells at Cars
12) Mommy Vents
13) This Full House
14) Paper Bridges
15) Motherhood Avenue
16) The Kamienski Chronicles
17) Down the Shore with Jen
18) Fits and Giggles
19) House Hubbies Home Cooking
20) Nourish Ourselves
23) Off the broiler
24) Mrs. Mo’s New Jersey Baby
28) Savy Source Newark
29) Momlogic New Jersey
33) Best of Roxy
34) Citizen
36) Jersey Beat
37) Pop Vulture Phil
41) Mike Halfacres Blog
42) Somerset08873
43) Family, Friends and Food
47) New Jersey Real Estate Report
49) More Monmouth Musings
50) Man of Infirmity
51) Another Delco Guy in South Jersey
53) Average Noone
54) Cleary’s Notebook
55) Welcome to my Planet
56) The Center of New Jersey Life
57) Sharon’s Food Blog
58) Morristown, Chatham, Summit, and Madison NJ Real Estate
59) Midtown Direct Real Estate News
60) New Jersey Real Estate
63) The Ridgewood Blog
64) Book a Week with Jen
65) Banannie
67) Matawan Advocate
68) Take Back the Kitchen
69) The Joy of Toast
70) Route 55
71) Montclair
72) SaveJersey
73) Stompbox
74) Joe the Blogger
75) Environmental Republican
76) Stacey Snacks
77) Subversive Garden
78) New Jersey Pathfinder
79) Cooking With Friends Blog
80) Triple Venti
81) Read All About It
82) Rich Lee on Media
83) Likelihood of Success
84) Cape Cuisine
85) The Business At Hand
86) NewJerseyTaxRevolution
87) Figmentations
88) MiddletownMike
89) Caviar and Codfish
90) A Day in the Life
91) Mack’s Journey Through Life
92) Alice’s Restaurant
93) Tiger Hawk
94)Politics Patrol, The Bob Ingle Blog
95) The Food Chain
96) Henson’s Hell
97) Cranbury Conservative
98) Baristanet
99) New Jersey: Politics Unusual
100) Jersey Shore Blog
101) Plainfield Today
102) Beacon Bulletin
103) Journal Square Jersey City 07306

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Lisa said...

Nice job!

Stacey Snacks said...

Thanks for reminding me about this important cause!

LaDue & Crew said...

You rock! Thanks for doing this!

Sandy Smith said...

This is awesome! Very inspiring. :)

Girl Japan said...

You do ROCK for doing this... = )

Leslie said...

Thank you for bringing this need to our attention! I will be making a donation!

Patsyk said...

Thanks, so much! Deborah at Jersey Bites said that in one day, the Food Bank raised about $6000 in on-line donations!!!!

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