South Jersey Nonprofit Unites Community to Tackle Hunger

Looking for a family-friendly way to help tackle hunger in South Jersey? Check out COMMUNITY.

On Sunday, February 10, South Jersey nonprofit COMMUNITY [sic] hosted an event at LourdesCare in Cherry Hill. Founded in November 2016 by a group of friends, the organization aims to bring people together to serve local communities in need.

This Sunday, volunteers assembled 400 bagged lunches that were then delivered to Project Home, Anna M. Sample Women’s Shelter, and underserved populations in Camden. The bags contained bagels with cream cheese; turkey and cheese sandwiches, granola bars; bananas; apples; and bottled water, items donated by volunteers.

I recently learned of the program through my friend Chetna Macwan, a local chef and culinary instructor who volunteers at COMMUNITY with her children. She explained that COMMUNITY events, which often take place on weekends, are family-friendly.

Because I brought my four-year-old son with me, I was relieved to see other young children at the event. By the time we arrived, the room bustled with busy volunteers. We were greeted by friendly faces who directed us toward kid-friendly ways to help.

We stayed for an hour, during which time my son helped place label stickers on the brown lunch bags. We also got to help put food items into the bags. The organization was kind enough to provide snacks and juice for the kids in attendance.

My impression of COMMUNITY was of a well-run organization with a sincere mission to help local communities. Finding kid-friendly volunteer opportunities isn’t easy, especially since I wouldn’t want our attendance to be a hindrance to any charity.

We felt welcomed at COMMUNITY, and I found the event to be a good opportunity to introduce the idea of hunger to my son in an age-appropriate way. He enjoyed having the chance to help out, and we hope to attend more COMMUNITY events in the future.

Want to help? Check out COMMUNITY ‘s Facebook page, which provides a listing of upcoming events. High school and college students can also apply for an internship with COMMUNITY through their website.

9 Ways to Help Feed the Hungry in South Jersey

Help feed those suffering from hunger in South Jersey by donating your time or money to these causes.

Note: The following list is very biased toward the area where I live, as I didn’t have much time to put this one together. If you know of another hunger cause in South Jersey that needs assistance, please comment below. I will add it as soon as I can. Thank you!

In honor of World Kindness Day, here are 9 ways you can help alleviate hunger in South Jersey:

If you’re near Mount Holly or Berlin, help stock pantry shelves and pack bags at Oaks Integrated Care, which needs assistance with their Thanksgiving food pantry.

In Audubon, Meals on Wheels seeks volunteers to help shop and deliver meals to Camden County senior citizens.

In Pennsauken, the Food Bank of South Jersey is looking for volunteers to teach healthy cooking and nutrition classes in a variety of settings.

Hunger Helpers in Camden and Jersey Cares need volunteers to serve hot meals in a restaurant-like setting to people suffering from hunger.

Stock the shelves of Touch New Jersey Inc’s. food pantry in Camden.

If you’re a teen or know one who wants to help, check out Quixote Quest’s Qaravana initiative, which aims to feed hungry children in Camden.

The Salvation Army in Vineland needs help with their food pantry.

Learn more about hunger in South Jersey by reading the Press of Atlantic City’s Growing Up Hungry series.

Host a food drive at your school or workplace to benefit the Food Bank of South Jersey.

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