Students and faculty of Countryside Elementary School in Mt. Laurel recently announced that they held a bake sale that raised $900 for the Food Bank of South Jersey’s (FBSJ) Summer Meals Program, which provides nutritional meals to children during the 10-week summer break.
“We are so grateful for Countryside Elementary School’s fundraiser to support our Summer Meals program,” said Joe Njoroge, Interim President and CEO, FBSJ. “Unfortunately, many children who rely on school meal programs are left food insecure for the summer. This fundraiser alone will provide 4,500 meals for local children.”
Countryside Elementary School teachers, who prepared and sold homemade baked goods, held the bake sale in honor of a former teacher, Mrs. Linda Ditta. During the event, children also learned about the Food Bank’s mission and hunger in South Jersey.
“I am proud of the students and staff of Countryside Elementary for embracing this project and wanting to help children in need,” said Nina Tamburelli, fundraiser organizer. “It was a great way for the students to learn about issues affecting their community and showed them how they could have a positive impact and make a difference.”
Students at Countryside Elementary School also had the chance to learn about hunger in South Jersey and how the Food Bank of South Jersey’s programs help those living in food insecurity. Njoroge visited the school and was interviewed by several students for the school’s morning news show.
This is the second year that Countryside Elementary School has held a bake sale to support the Food Bank of South Jersey’s Summer Meals program. Each year, the school has exceeded their fundraising goals and are hoping raise $1,000 at the next bake sale. To learn more about the Food Bank of South Jersey’s Summer Meals program, click here.
About the Food Bank of South Jersey
The Food Bank of South Jersey (FBSJ) is the leader in providing safe and nutritional food to people in need throughout South Jersey. FBSJ distributes food, provides nutrition education and cooking courses, and helps food-insecure families and seniors find sustainable ways to improve their lives.
In 2017, FBSJ provided over 13 million pounds of food to approximately 200,000 South Jersey residents. Providing community impact through local support, FBSJ ensures that local donations stay local. FBSJ is a member of Feeding America, our nation’s largest hunger-relief organization. To learn more click here.
(In the above provided photo, students and teachers from Countryside Elementary School present Joe Njoroge, FBSJ Interim President and CEO, with a check for $900.)