Burlington County will continue to battle against hunger and food insecurity this weekend when it hosts its latest food distribution event.
Citing ongoing need, the Burlington County Commissioners will partner with the Food Bank of South Jersey to host a drive-thru food pantry this Saturday, July 16, from 10 AM to noon in the parking lot behind the Burlington County Institute of Technology, 695 Woodlane Road, Westampton.
During the event, Burlington County residents in need of assistance will receive free boxes of groceries and information about assistance programs.
Close to 30,000 people living in Burlington County are believed to be food insecure because they cannot afford adequate supplies of nutritious food, according to Feeding America, the nation’s largest domestic hunger-relief organization.
“For over two years, Burlington County has partnered with the Food Bank of South Jersey to provide individuals and families in need healthy groceries free of charge,” said Commissioner Felicia Hopson, the Board’s liaison to the Department of Human Services. “We started the program during COVID-19 because we saw how the pandemic was impacting many county residents’ finances and we’re continuing to hold these food distribution events because we know food insecurity is still an issue.”
“The summer months can be extra challenging for families with children home from school,” added Commissioner Allison Eckel. “Holding these regular food distribution events can make a real difference and prevent some parents, children and grandparents from going hungry or sacrificing other necessities.”
In addition to the County Commissioners, New Jersey Senator Troy Singleton and staff from his 7th Legislative District office will volunteer at this Saturday’s event.
“Food insecurity is a very real issue that impacts far too many families in our county, including many of our neighbors, friends and co-workers without any of us even knowing about it,” said Senator Singleton. “The Burlington County Commissioners are to be commended for their work to make assistance available. It’s during times like this we all need to band together to help, and I’m pleased to volunteer and lend a hand in as many ways as possible.”