Food Bank’s nominee wins Congressional Commendation

Matt O'Rorke, 18, of Medford, won a Congressional Commendation for his volunteer service benefitting the Food Bank of South Jersey.
Matt O’Rorke, 18, of Medford, won a Congressional Commendation for his volunteer service benefitting the Food Bank of South Jersey.

Matt O’Rorke, 18, of Medford, has been awarded the Congressional Commendation for 2011 and 2012. It is the highest level of the President’s Volunteer Service Award. South Jersey Local News reports that The Food Bank of South Jersey (FBSJ) nominated O’Rorke for his work organizing food collection drives that  have benefitted the organization since 2006.

O’Rorke also initiated, organized, and carried out the “Medford Students’ March Against Hunger” campaign, a district wide food collection drive in the Medford Township Schools. The March, 2012, campaign involved seven different schools and resulted in the collection of thousands of pounds of food for the FBSJ.

In response to the Hurricane Sandy disaster, O’Rorke has collected donations for the FBSJ and the American Red Cross. A Shawnee High School senior, O’Rorke is also a member of the National Honor Society, a year-round varsity athlete, captain of the Shawnee cross country team and a member of the Shawnee Leadership Academy.

Kerry Brown loves casual meals from the grill and cocktails featuring fresh ingredients, especially when shared with family and friends in the backyard of her Medford, NJ home where she lives with her husband, two children, and a little gray cat named Tiki.