October 1, 2020
In early spring, as the pandemic shut down life in New Jersey and unemployment and food insecurity soared, I asked all of you to participate in a virtual food drive by making a donation to the food banks throughout the 16th Legislative District. Today, even though New Jersey has cautiously reopened, food insecurity remains a daily issue for so many.
I am asking once again for your help in a Fall Virtual Food Drive.
Feeding America, the nation's largest hunger-relief organization, projects a 56 percent increase in New Jersey’s food insecurity rate as a direct result of the pandemic. About 13.5 percent of our residents are expected to be food insecure by the end of 2020 and that is higher than the expected increases nationwide and in neighboring states. This translates to an additional 430,000 New Jersey residents becoming food insecure—a total of 1.2 million food insecure New Jerseyans.
For this Fall Food Drive initiative, you can make a donation to the food bank of your choice within the 16th Legislative District or to the Community Food Bank of New Jersey.
We have partnered with YouGiveGoods, which will deliver the food items to the food banks. You also can make a monetary donation directly through the food banks’ websites; the links to the various food banks are provided on the website.
The food drive will run from October 1 through November 16, ending in time to get the items to the food banks for distribution before Thanksgiving.
Thank you in advance for your generosity.
Assemblyman Andrew Zwicker
16th Legislative District