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Community FoodBank fighting hunger on Giving Tuesday

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We spent the money on our loved ones (and, admit it, ourselves) on Black Friday, Small Business Saturday and Cyber Monday.

Now, it’s time to help those who may not even have been able to enjoy turkey on Thanksgiving.

“Hunger affects people in every county in New Jersey and across the United States,” Debra Vizzi, CEO and president of the Community FoodBank of New Jersey, said. “No one, especially a child, should miss a meal because their family cannot afford food. Too many families — including those with working parents — have to choose between medicine and food; housing and food; or utilities and food.”

Nearly one in five New Jersey kids faces hunger every day, and more than 1 million people, or nearly 12 percent of the population in the state, are food insecure.

“On Giving Tuesday, we are imploring all those who are able to help their neighbors and donate to the FoodBank so no one has to miss a meal due to cost,” Vizzi said. “I can speak from my own experience as a foster child, who struggled to find something to eat and often went to bed hungry. I also know that when kids are hungry, they have trouble concentrating in school, and they deal with behavioral and health issues.”

The Community FoodBank of New Jersey addresses this need year-round through its more than 1,000 community partners, such as local soup kitchens and food pantries.

“Last year alone, we distributed over 43 million pounds of food,” Vizzi said. “We were able to do so thanks to the support of our donors, volunteers and those in the community who helped shed light on the issue. Businesses in the community who are our corporate partners also played a major role in helping us fight hunger, through their donations and volunteer efforts.”

This holiday season, the Community FoodBank of New Jersey announced its #GivingTuesday campaign, the organization’s first advertising campaign tied to the national day of charitable giving.

“Every gift made on Tuesday, Nov. 29, will be matched up to $25,000, thanks to the generosity of an anonymous donor,” Vizzi said. “For every $1 donated on Giving Tuesday, we can provide 10 meals to children in need.

“Ending hunger is a key component to creating a better future for our children.”

For more information on how you and your business can contribute, visit FeedNJKids.org.

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