The following is an excerpt from an article posted in the  April  in  2020: 

“As the coronavirus continues to cause disruption to the lives of New Jerseyans, some residents have been disproportionately affected and many service agencies have been critically impacted.

For the first time in its 45-year history, the Community FoodBank of New Jersey reports that it is “in dire need” volunteers.

Nicole Williams, communications and public relations manager for the organization said, “Feeding America released numbers not long ago that indicated New Jersey is expected to see a 56 percent increase in food insecurity. The statistical projections for 2020 are a direct result of the coronavirus and are 10 percentage points higher than the national average.

“In anticipation of this, Community FoodBank plans to double the output of its family packs,” which are provided to students so families have supplemental food on weekends.

The Community FoodBank of New Jersey also continues to supply emergency meal kits to in-need families and individuals at its large scale contactless food distribution events. “We work with food pantries and partner agencies and we have provided 100,000 emergency meal kits since pandemic hit,” Williams said.

Volunteers are desperately needed to help in these efforts.

Williams said, “Though we were unable to accept volunteers early in the pandemic, we are accepting them now. Actually, we’re in dire need of them. For perhaps the first time in our 45-year history, we are facing a critical shortage of volunteers, and we need people to sign up now more than ever.”

She added, “We also really want to emphasize the need for monetary donations. Every dollar can help provide for nutritious meals. We need volunteers because need is so great. We need the funds because the need is so great.”

Information on how to volunteer or contribute to the Community FoodBank of New Jersey and other agencies and nonprofit organizations is detailed below. Readers are encouraged to check back frequently, as the list will be updated regularly. To add your nonprofit organization to the guide, email


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