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Food banks rely on staff and volunteers to keep the supplies going out in hard times.
When natural disasters hit close to home, it can make serving the community even harder -- but it hasn't stopped the many local groups providing aid in New Jersey and New York.
The Community Food Bank of New Jersey (CFBNJ) in Hillside provided shelter to employees and their families whose homes have been damaged or who have no power, even as they packed 100,000 pounds of food daily in their trucks and vans for distribution. Volunteers helped them make thousands of sandwiches for those working on clean-up or just trying to get through another day without power.
"Food banks are on the front lines before, during and after a natural disaster making sure that we can get food to those who are in need," said Matt Knott, interim president and CEO of Feeding America, a regular beneficiary of The Hunger Site's "Click Here To Give" program. "Our member food banks and their staffs in the northeast have endured their own hardships but they continue to provide an essential service in their community and will continue to do so long after the storm leaves."
After hearing about the need in Hillside, NJ, GreaterGood.org sent $10,000 to CFBNJ. This donation was made possible through contributions from The Hunger Site and other Greater Network websites.
Photos courtesy of CFBNJ