Borgata is thrilled to announce a donation to the Community FoodBank of New Jersey during their 12 Days of Giving campaign. The resort donated 120 frozen turkeys as well as a much needed pallet jack for the organization’s local warehouse in Southern New Jersey. Additionally, due to the national coin shortage, Borgata gave its guests the option of dropping their receipts for less than $1.00 into a donation box benefitting the Community FoodBank of New Jersey. Thanks to many of Borgata’s guests, the resort was able to donate $20,000 to the FoodBank this month. Since Sept. 17, our guests have donated $41,543.12 to the Community FoodBank of New Jersey’s Southern Branch.
The Community FoodBank of New Jersey is the state’s largest anti-hunger and anti-poverty organization. Working together with volunteers, donors and their many partners, the FoodBank fills the emptiness caused by hunger with food, help, and hope. The FoodBank works to fight hunger and poverty in New Jersey by assisting those in need and seeking long-term solutions, and by engaging, educating, and empowering all sectors of society in the battle. We chatted with Denise Hladun from the FoodBank to discuss the impact of Borgata’s gift on the organization.
Give us a broad overview of what your organization does and how it helps the public? CFBNJ is the state’s largest anti-hunger, anti-poverty organization. We fight hunger and poverty in New Jersey by assisting those in need and seeking long-term solutions. We work to fill the emptiness caused by hunger with Food, Help and Hope.
How has the current Covid health crisis impacted those that rely on your organization for support? COVID-19 has significantly impacted those who rely on our organization. New Jersey is expected to see a 56% increase in food insecurity, more than 10% higher than the national average and those of our neighboring states. Locally, we are lead the state in food insecurity due to the high unemployment.
How will Borgata’s current holiday gift help you serve your constituents? Borgata’s gift of a new pallet jack will enable our dedicated warehouse crew operate more efficiently when moving food to and from the warehouse.
For those who are reading about your organization and want to help, what can they do or donate? What would be the most useful ways to contribute? The most useful way to contribute is a financial donation which allows us to purchase exactly what is needed. Our purchasing power allows us to provide 3 nutritious meals for every dollar donated.
What is your favorite holiday tradition? My favorite holiday tradition is visiting New York City to see the tree at Rockefeller Center and the department store windows. I spent many years working in NYC and always loved all the city had to offer during the holidays.
For more information about the Community FoodBank of New Jersey, or to learn how to get involved, please visit www.cfbnj.org.