Kathy Corbalis of the Community Food Bank of NJ (CFBNJ) was the speaker for the Millville Woman’s Club (MWC) February meeting. She is an advisory board member for the organization’s Southern Branch.
Corbalis stated that more than 38 million people in the United States are “food insecure.” That means they don’t know where they will get their next meal. She went on to say that 650,000 people (one in 13) in New Jersey struggle with food insecurity, nearly 70,000 of whom are in the CFBNJ South Jersey service area (Atlantic, Cape May and Cumberland counties). Corbalis noted there are parents who skip meals in order to feed their children, seniors who are forced to choose between paying for medications or food and even college students who have to choose between paying for books or buying food.
She went on to state that CFBNJ is the New Jersey’s largest food bank, providing food to 15 out of 21 counties. This organization is primarily a volunteer organization and works with over 800 community partners, such as soup kitchens, food pantries and shelters, to distribute food to those in need. In addition to providing food, CFBNJ offers educational programs regarding hunger and poverty and ways to make positive changes in communities. “CFBNJ, a member of Feeding America, has been delivering food, help and hope across the state for 45 years.” CFBNJ.org
Corbalis thanked NJSFWC Southern District for their donations on January’s Day of Service and for donations members brought to the February meeting. She also invited MWC members to get involved with CFBNJ. Information can be obtained at CFBNJ.org.