“Doing such a specific task – which is part of a much larger chain of tasks that result in delivering food to those in need – shows how much effort and coordination goes into such a large and inspiring operation,” said EmilyAnn. “Eighteen of us performed a specific task for three hours to help make one meal for many people. Being part of this experience underscored how many moving pieces there are in a successful operation like CFBN and how much dedication and hard work goes into making meals for one day.”
In our experience, volunteering not only strengthens ties to the community, it also strengthening relationships – within our teams and in the places we live and work.
“Volunteering was not only inspiring, it was also a nice opportunity for our team to interact and get to know each other in a different setting,” said Jonathan.
Volunteering is a community effort from start to finish. EmilyAnn and Jonathan were mentored by Arine Arhana, senior manager, LAM, who arranged last year’s volunteer effort, suggested a few organizations that could easily integrate a large group of workers. Many of our New Jersey team members stepped forward to help.
Participants included: Eric Cosgriff, Carley Garlasco, Ryan Hagen, Lindsey Heilberger, Brandon Hospie, Liza Kaplowitz, Maggie Kemsley, Juliana Mannine, Christian Musngi, Nyasia Rivera, Justine Shanahan, Deepa Shastri, Samantha Shortino, Chris Skoufas, Julie Van Malden and Lily Weinstein.
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About the Community Foodbank of New Jersey (CFBN)
The Community FoodBank of New Jersey, a member of Feeding America®, is the state’s leading anti-hunger and anti-poverty organization. Kathleen DiChiara started CFBNJ in the back of her station wagon in 1975. In 1982, she established CFBNJ as a nonprofit corporation with a staff of five in Newark. Over the years, the expansion to two warehouses and a fleet of trucks assisted in distributing food and groceries. Today, CFBNJ provides food for more than 90 million meals annually and provides wrap-around services like job training, SNAP outreach, nutrition education, and hygiene product distribution. The organization has a 285,000-square-foot warehouse in Hillside and a South Jersey location in Egg Harbor Township.