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The Community FoodBank of New Jersey (CFBNJ) began with grassroots efforts and was formed as a non-profit in 1982. That first year 150,000 lbs. of food and groceries were distributed. Community FoodBank of New Jersey’s distribution to charities throughout New Jersey continued to grow, and in 1987 the main facility moved to a warehouse in Hillside, New Jersey.
Community FoodBank of New Jersey has become one of the largest food banks in the country. The organization distributes over 43 million pounds of food and groceries a year to more than 1,000 non-profit programs, as well as 400 programs served by its three Partner Distribution Organizations (PDOs). Community FoodBank of New Jersey has a branch location outside of Atlantic City with 30 employees where they serve a three county area in the southern part of the state. Through these combined efforts, along with 44,000 volunteers, CFBNJ feeds hundreds of thousands of hungry people in 17 of NJ’s 21 counties.
Along with five robust Feeding Programs, CFBNJ provides Training Programs, Kids Programs and Education and Assistance.
• The Food Service Training Academy (FSTA) is a culinary job-training program that provides graduates with marketable skills. More than 80 percent of participants are employed within six months of graduation. Since 2000, the FSTA has graduated more than 800 students.
• Kids Programs include Kids Closet, which provides free, new clothing to children in need, and Tools 4 Schools, which provides school supplies to teachers in schools where 70% or more of the children are on free and reduced lunches.
• Education and Assistance includes Nutrition Education, SNAP (Food Stamp) Outreach, and Youth Outreach to engage young people and teach them about hunger in New Jersey and how they can help those in need.
• Community FoodBank of New Jersey also provides tax preparation assistance, free-of-charge, to low-to-moderate-income workers.
STRATEGIC GOALS FOR THE ORGANIZATION (3-5 YEAR HORIZON)
• Strengthen and sustain core business effectiveness.
• Dramatically reduce the number of hungry children in NJ.
• Launch major initiative to “shorten the line.”
Community FoodBank of New Jersey is governed by a 19-member Board of Directors. The organization’s total budget is $100M (with an operating budget of $18M) and has a staff of 200. For seven consecutive years, CFBNJ has achieved a 4-star rating with Charity Navigator.