TRENTON – The state today made $1.36 million available for six food banks to use this holiday season.
Acting Gov. Kim Guadagno and other state officials announced the funding today at the Community FoodBank of New Jersey in Hillside.
“This funding comes at a critical time when local emergency feeding agencies are providing holiday meals to the people they serve, in addition to their regular food distributions,” Guadagno said in a release.
According to the state, the Community FoodBank distributes 37 million pounds of food and groceries a year, serving 1,500 non-profit programs, and helping 900,000 low-income people in 18 of New Jersey’s 21 counties.
This quarterly distribution of funds includes:
- · $904,331 for Community FoodBank of New Jersey (Hillside, Union County)
- · $178,282 for Food Bank of South Jersey (Pennsauken, Camden County)
- · $141,667 for the Foodbank of Monmouth and Ocean Counties (Neptune, Monmouth County)
- · $59,640 for Mercer Street Friends (Ewing, Mercer County)
- · $50,786 for the Southern Regional Food Distribution Center (Vineland, Cumberland County)
- · $28,891 for NORWESCAP (Phillipsburg, Hunterdon County)
The amounts allocated to each of the six emergency feeding operations are based on the number of people they serve and other criteria, Guadagno’s office stated. The first installment of $2.04 million was distributed to the food banks in July and the remaining distributions are slated for February and May 2012.