Fighting hunger in New Jersey

Bank of America has enjoyed a more than 20-year relationship with the Community FoodBank of New Jersey, an organization that has been fighting hunger since 1975, when founder Kathleen DiChiara started distributing food out of the back of her station wagon.

Today, the FoodBank distributes more than 56.5 million pounds of food a year to more than 1,000 community partners, including local soup kitchens and food pantries. Through this unique collaboration, Bank of America and the FoodBank help feed men, women and children facing hunger year-round.

The Bank supports the organization financially, as well as through volunteer efforts – like packaging and distributing food. In 2011, the Bank contributed $1 million to the FoodBank as part of the organization’s $15 million capital campaign.

“Bank of America is a valued partner that has provided long-term support for our mission, both financially and with consistent volunteer efforts," said Carlos Rodriguez, President & CEO of the Community FoodBank of New Jersey. "With their commitment, we can provide critical support to even more of our neighbors in need across New Jersey."

Hunger is a pressing need for many New Jersey residents. More than 900,000 people in the state don’t always know where their next meal is coming from. Almost 270,000 children in New Jersey face hunger -- nearly 1 in 7.


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