BJ’s Wholesale Club is about to make a difference in the lives of many individuals and families in the Garden State. The company recently announced a $100,000 donation from its Charitable Foundation to the Community FoodBank of New Jersey, a Feeding America member food bank. This meaningful contribution will help cover the costs associated with the distribution of perishable foods to those in need statewide. The grant is part of a $1 million donation to Feeding America, which is the Foundation’s largest donation to date.
Dollars Will Go a Long Way
The FoodBank will purchase equipment, including freezers, refrigerators and refrigerated storage containers, to expand the cold storage capacity of partner agencies and increase the distribution of perishable food.
The agencies benefiting from the grant include Buddies of New Jersey, Inc. and Meals With A Mission in Bergen County; Allen Village CDC, Bethlehem French SDA Church, Manna From Heaven Food Pantry and The Kingdom Experience Church in Essex County; Secaucus Food Pantry and The Building Blocks of NJ in Hudson County; Salvation Army Dover and St. Matthew’s Lutheran Church in Morris County; Seventh-Day Adventist Church in Passaic County; and Manna From Heaven Food Pantry and St. John The Apostle Church in Union County.
Last year, the Community FoodBank of New Jersey provided 50 million pounds of food to over 1,000 community partners. These partners included food pantries, soup kitchens, emergency shelters, mobile pantries, and child and senior feeding programs.
Pictured, at top: Rob Reyes, General Manager, BJ’s Wholesale Club in Kearny, N.J. (third from right) presents a $100,000 donation from BJ’s Charitable Foundation to representatives from the Community FoodBank of New Jersey. (From left to right: Debra Vizzi, President and CEO, Debby Scheinholtz, Director of Corporate Relations, Tim Vogel, Director of Food Sourcing, Tonya Walley, Vice President of Logistics, Julienne Cherry, Director of Agency Relations, and Glenn Hansen, Director of Operations) (PRNewsfoto/BJ’s Wholesale Club)