Simply Beer Joins “Blogging Out Hunger” Campaign

My fellow blogging buddy, Deborah of Jersey Bites is coordinating a blogging campaign on behalf of The Community Food Bank of New Jersey. The “This Bank Can’t Fail” blogging campaign is scheduled to launch December 15th. The goal is to get 100 New Jersey bloggers spreading the word about the desperate need that The Community Food Bank of New Jersey is in due to the increased demands being put on New Jersey food pantries.

While SimplyBeer does focus on the luxury item of Beer, i also care about our community and friends.  There are so many people out there who can’t get the food they need to support themselves and families.  Simply Beer and many other bloggers are trying to get the  word out.

If everyone could just do a little, it would help those in need a lot. To help, people can:

  • Make a monetary contribution: Visit www.njfoodbank.org
  • Donate food: Drop off a bag of food at your local food pantry.
  • Organize a food drive: We can help explain the logistics of starting a food drive.  Just call 908-355-FOOD.
  • Help “Check Out Hunger:” Look for the “Check Out Hunger” coupons at your local supermarket and donate. No donation is too small!

One thing that people commonly confuse is the role of the food bank. The CFBNJ is similar to a wholesale distributor, as they provide food to more than 1,600 charities throughout the state, which then give food directly to the hungry (the food bank does not give food directly to individuals).  The food bank also does not accept small amounts of food, such as a cart of groceries.  They encourage those donations go directly to a local food pantry or soup kitchen.  Rather, the food bank accepts large quantity food donations, such as a truck full of groceries, as well as monetary donations which they stretch to purchase food at wholesale prices, such as 300 lb. bags of rice, for example.

Go take a quick click over to watch a video from the Community FoodBank of New Jersey to SEE just how empty their shelves are.  And help…

I am excited to be part of this effort to raise awareness of the need and hope you will get involved. If you want to participate you can e-mail Deborah at jerseybites@gmail.com.

-Peter

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