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Your Place At The Table Using South Jersey COVID-19 Response Fund Grant To Feed Those In Need

Haddonfield, NJ – A $3,000 South Jersey COVID-19 Response Fund grant has helped Your Place At The Table (YPATT), a New Jersey nonprofit corporation, continue their mission of providing food assistance to those in need.  

YPATT has experienced a twenty-five percent (25%) increase in food requests in their service area, including Harrison Township, Mantua, East Greenwich, South Harrison, and Elk, since the beginning of the Pandemic.

YPATT–a nonprofit started by families through Bible study at Trinity and Methodist Church in Mullica Hill–works with families, seniors, and single parents to provide food assistance to those in need. As part of the program, families visit once a month to pick up food items.  The group also delivers to individuals or families unable to visit the food pantry.  Last year, YPATT collected more than 25,000 pounds of food. With no state or federal food donations, Your Place At The Table has always relied on the generosity of the community.  

The South Jersey Response Fund grant allowed YPATT to buy additional food and special items such as milk. Prior to the grant, there were not enough funds or donations to fit special requests. Now, even with the large increase in food assistance needs, YPATT is able to meet the needs and even expand the program. 

“Many small nonprofits were unprepared for a crisis as overwhelming as the COVID-19 pandemic, said CFSJ Executive Director Andy Fraizer.  “The South Jersey COVID-19 Response Fund was created to support organizations like Your Place At The Table assisting neighbors with the economic crisis.  Their work during this time is inspiring; CFSJ is proud to partner with them during this difficult period.”

“The generosity of the community and the Community Foundation of South Jersey during these unprecedented times is both uplifting and encouraging,” said YPATT Director Kristen Skrobanek.  “Fulfilling the needs of those who are hungry will continue to bring us together, and we know the strength and perseverance of our community will support our program in the months to come.”

The SouthJersey COVID-19 Response Fund continues to respond to local nonprofits that need support to serve communities impacted by the pandemic. To date, South Jersey nonprofits requested more than $6  million, while the Fund has raised $1 million. To support the only fund where donations stay in our South Jersey region, visit

About Your Place At The Table

Your Place At The Table is a volunteer-run organization that offers support and guidance, and a compassionate touch that builds confidence and restores self-worth.  The group is focused on nourishing individuals and families by partnering with the community to provide food and supplies to those in need.

About the Community Foundation of South Jersey

The Community Foundation of South Jersey (CFSJ) envisions an eight-county region thriving where all neighbors aspire, succeed, participate, and give. The vision is realized as CFSJ inspires generosity, manages and deploys permanent charitable assets, and exercises collaborative leadership to create a more equitable region. CFSJ works with South Jersey philanthropists, local nonprofits, and neighbors to build capital, contribute assets, and create permanent endowments for impact in perpetuity. By aligning donor interests and using the investment earnings on each of its endowed funds, CFSJ makes grants and builds leadership within the community to create thriving, equitable, and livable communities for all. Currently, CFSJ manages assets of more than $23 million. CFSJ has issued more than $9 million in nonprofit grants and scholarships. Learn more about CFSJ at

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Bellmawr Traffic Advisory: Expect Creek Road Eastbound Lane Closures as Missing Moves Project Advances

New Jersey Department of Transportation (NJDOT) officials announced on July 7, 2020 that Creek Road eastbound over I-295 will be closed during the day on Wednesday, July 8 with alternating traffic to establish a traffic shift as the I-295/Route 42 Missing Moves project advances in Bellmawr, Camden County.

Beginning at 9 a.m. on Wednesday, July 8, until 3:30 p.m., NJDOT’s contractor, South State Inc., is scheduled to close Creek Road eastbound between Booth Drive and Essex Avenue to re-stripe the roadway and implement a new traffic pattern.

When complete, Creek Road will be narrowed to one 11-foot lane in each direction with eastbound and westbound traffic shifted to the eastbound side of the Bridge over I-295.

Next week, construction barriers will be placed to create a work zone in the westbound lanes in preparation of bridge demolition.

The $180 million federally-funded project will build new ramps connecting Route 42 northbound to I-295 southbound, and I-295 northbound to Route 42 southbound in order to allow for the direct movement of traffic between the two roadways.

These are commonly known as the “missing moves.” The project will also include the demolition and reconstruction of the Creek Road Bridge over I-295 between Route 42 and Almonesson Road.

The majority of the project will be built off of the roadways and will have minimal impact on traffic on Route 42 and I-295.  The project is expected to be completed in late 2023.

Variable Message Signs are being utilized to provide advance notification to the motoring public of all traffic pattern changes associated with the work. The precise timing of the work is subject to change due to weather or other factors.

Motorists are encouraged to check NJDOT’s traffic information website for construction updates and real-time travel information and for NJDOT news follow on Twitter @NJDOT_info or on the NJDOT Facebook page.

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Statement From Smoke Free Atlantic City Coalition — A program of Atlantic Prevention Resources

On behalf of the numerous casino employees with whom we have worked for many years, our regional tobacco collaboratives, and all of our local partners, we would like to thank the State of New Jersey for the temporary restriction on indoor smoking in Atlantic City casinos.

We support this temporary restriction in order to protect the health and safety of casino workers and guests, all of their loved ones and the general public.

In order to help slow the spread and reduce susceptibility to contracting COVID-19, we support this temporary measure, so that Atlantic City can get back to work while also protecting public health by preventing the spread of disease. We acknowledge that the local and regional economy depends on the success of the casinos and we are here to help with the implementation of these new rules restricting indoor smoking. We are also able to provide free smoking cessation treatment to people who live or work in Atlantic County and referrals for those outside of our area.

The health and safety of casino employees, guests and the general public must be paramount at this time.

Robert Zlotnick, Ph.D.
President and Executive Director of Atlantic Prevention Resources Co-Founder of Smoke Free Atlantic City

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Camden County Summer Events Cancelled Due to COVID-19

(Camden, NJ) – In light of the threat still posed by the coronavirus pandemic, the Camden County Freeholder Board is announcing the cancellation of all in-person summer programming, including its annual 4th of July celebration on the Camden Waterfront.

“In Camden County, we have always tried to provide a robust catalog of summer activities like concerts, festivals, and other programming where our residents can gather together during the summer,” said Freeholder Director Louis Cappelli, Jr. “Unfortunately, the public health crisis facing us this year has turned otherwise engaging, exciting events into dangerous opportunities for the coronavirus to spread. With the health and safety of our community in mind, we’ve determined that the best course of action is to eliminate unnecessary public gatherings for the summer season.”

Cancellations and rescheduling information are regularly being updated on the county’s webpage. Residents seeking additional recreational activities can also visit the page for more information on the region’s wineries, breweries, and attractions which are offering limited in-person programming during the summer months. The page is also being regularly updated to highlight opportunities for online engagement and virtual experiences that can offer fun for the whole family.

“Even with this unfortunate news, there are still countless ways to enjoy the summer thanks to the incredible businesses and attractions that call Camden County home,” Cappelli said. “Whether it is outdoor dining, a trip to the Camden County Driving Range, or a virtual tour of a nearby art exhibit, we hope everyone will be able to find something to enjoy in community until it is safe to bring back the events that we have all come to look forward to.”

Additional information regarding Camden County’s preparations, response, and general information provided to the public is available by visiting Residents should frequently check the county webpage and social media for up-to-date information.

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Camden County Library Kicks Off 2020 Summer Reading program

(Voorhees, NJ) – The Camden County Library System is excited to announce the start of its 2020 summer reading program. Readers can log their summer reading minutes online to earn digital badges, as well as to be entered in weekly drawings for e-gift cards.

This year’s theme is “Imagine Your Story.” Families can sign up and add up to 12 readers by visiting Participants are then encouraged to log their minutes at least once per week to be entered into that week’s drawing.

There are four programs: Early Readers, Elementary Readers, Middle & High School Readers, and Adult Readers. In all four programs, readers will reach milestones and earn digital badges by logging their number of minutes read.

“It is always important to keep our children and tudents reading throughout the summer, and it has never been easier thanks to the library’s robust catalog of online and electronic resources,” said Freeholder Melinda Kane, liaison to the Camden County Library System. “Reading is key to the growth and development of young minds, but the best part of the summer reading program is that it incorporates the entire family. Signing up and logging your minutes is simple and easy, and the library even has recommended reading lists for children of all ages to make finding your next favorite story as easy as possible.”

Recommended reading can be found by clicking here. Most titles can be borrowed as e-books or audiobooks with a library card.

Established in 1921, Camden County Library System seeks to meet the recreational, informational and educational needs of its customers with locations in Camden, Bellmawr, Gloucester Township, Haddon Township, Merchantville, Winslow Township and Voorhees Township.

The Library is governed and supported by the Camden County Board of Freeholders and the Camden County Library Commission.

For more information about the Camden County Library System, visit us online at or by calling (856) 772-1636.