The Burlington County Commissioners teamed with the Food Bank of South Jersey this past weekend on a food distribution event intended to help food-insecure families have a festive Thanksgiving holiday.
Local households in need received frozen turkeys, squash, stuffing, potatoes, cauliflower and mushrooms, plus a box of nonperishable groceries and prepared dishes during the Saturday event behind the Burlington County Emergency Services Training Center in Westampton.
It was the latest monthly free food distribution event organized by the County. A total of 310 households received food for 734 adults and 408 children.
“Hunger impacts families year-round, but the issue is especially acute around holidays like Thanksgiving when families traditionally gather for festive meals,” said Burlington County Commissioner Director Felicia Hopson. “We’re pleased to work with the Food Bank to provide this help for those who need it, so they can enjoy the holiday rather than feel burdened by it.”
Since the beginning of 2020, the County has partnered with the Food Bank of South Jersey to hold monthly food distributions where those struggling to feed their families or pay bills can receive free non-perishable groceries, fresh produce and prepared meals. It’s become a key component of the County’s COVID-19 response and has had widespread impact.
More than 12,000 people have received aid from the monthly distributions since they started.
“Food insecurity was a hidden problem before COVID-19 but the health crisis has brought the issue to the forefront,” said Commissioner Deputy Director Dan O’Connell, who was one of more than a dozen County volunteers who helped load food into vehicles during the drive-thru event. “I’ve volunteered at most of these distributions and have heard from residents how even a week or two worth of groceries can make an incredible difference. We want to thank the Food Bank of South Jersey and all who volunteered their time Saturday to lend a hand.”
Commissioner Linda Hynes also volunteered during the Saturday event, alongside Burlington County Prosecutor Scott Coffina, Burlington County Administrator Eve Cullinan and Evesham Mayor Jackie Veasy and Deputy Mayor Heather Cooper.
“This is the time of year to give thanks and also give back, and I’m grateful for all who came out Saturday to help out with this important program,” said Commissioner Linda Hynes. “Food insecurity is an issue that impacts many of our friends and neighbors without anyone even knowing it, but it does exist and I’m proud our County continues to make help available for those who need it.”
Burlington County Commissioner Linda Hynes loads produce and other groceries into the trunk of a vehicle during Saturday’s pre-Thanksgiving food distribution event.
Burlington County Administrator Eve Cullinan flags vehicles during Saturday’s pre-Thanksgiving food distribution event.
Burlington County Commissioner Deputy Director Dan O’Connell loads groceries during the food distribution event
Local households in need received frozen turkeys, squash, stuffing, potatoes, cauliflower and mushrooms, plus a box of nonperishable groceries and prepared dishes during the food distribution event.
Evesham Mayor Jackie Veasy and Burlington County Prosecutor Scott Coffina were among the volunteers who helped out at Burlington County’s pre-Thanksgiving food distribution.