A resolution sponsored by Assemblyman Parker Space and Assemblywoman Gail Phoebus encouraging contributions to food banks and pantries cleared the Assembly Human Services Committee today. AJR-51 designates November as Food Pantry Donation Month in New Jersey.
“More than 10 percent of New Jerseyans are struggling to keep food on the table. Often, food pantries are their last option,” said Space (R—Sussex). “Pantries are dependent on donations throughout the year, but the need becomes even greater in November as winter and the holidays get closer.”
Under the resolution, an annual proclamation by the governor will appeal to government officials and state residents to support Food Pantry Donation Month with contributions to help the needy.
“Increasing public awareness of the hunger crises felt by struggling families is the first step toward filling the shelves of food banks,” said Phoebus (R—Sussex). “This awareness campaign will serve as a reminder that there are many families, seniors and others who are in need of food, and maybe those who are able will continue their generosity year round.”