HIGHTSTOWN, N.J., Oct. 5, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — FeedNJ, the statewide, bi-partisan campaign to end food insecurity brought on by the novel coronavirus, has reached a milestone of serving 25,000 meals to 15 different New Jersey municipalities.
An initiative by SoupKitchen411, the campaign collects donations from individuals, small businesses, and large corporations to buy meals at cost from local restaurants. Those meals are then served to community soup kitchens throughout the state. The most meals have been provided to Trenton, New Brunswick, Paterson, Perth Amboy, and Jersey City soup kitchens.
“We are beyond proud that since April, FeedNJ has served over 25,000 meals. Food insecurity has only worsened since the outbreak of COVID-19, and we are so happy to be working to combat this issue every day, while stimulating local economies and supporting family-owned restaurants at the same time,” said CEO of SoupKitchen411 Ken DeRoberts.
“The success of FeedNJ is beyond anything we would have imagined,” said Laura Ali, Member of the SoupKitchen411 Board of Directors, “25,000 meals is an incredible amount. We have provided delicious, restaurant quality meals to thousands of New Jersey residents in need. We are hoping to continue this trajectory and serve an additional 25,000 meals by the end of the year.”
On the last Friday of every month, FeedNJ purchases over 2,000 thousand meals to feed all daily patrons at soup kitchens across the state, an initiative called #FeedingFriday.
Meals have spanned classic Americana, Italian, South American, Vietnamese, Middleastern, Soul, and various other cuisines, and have been purchased from over 40 local restaurants including Deserio’s, Mena International, Hatch 44, Cafe Torres, Providence Bar & Grill, Zizza’s Deli, Cafe Villa, Teddy’s Diner, Revere, Gennaro’s, Candela’s, JBJ Soul Kitchen, Catch 19, Smokehouse 1911, Graze and Braise, 5 Guys, Bacon Beach Grille, So Fresh, So Clean, Tavern on George, Lagosta, Belle John’s Soul Food, Fast Break Cafe, Phily Diner, Neapoli Italian Kitchen, Horseshoe Tavern, OneBistro, Stella’s Pizza Parlor, Toros, Wood Stack Pizza, Andreotti’s, Chicken Holiday, Rutgers Club, Gencarelli, El Toro Loco, Greek Eats, Torna Sorrento, Michelino’s Pizza, JoJos Tavern, Bella Gina, Tequila Grill, Kilarney’s, Hummingbird, Gabriella’s, Portuguese Express, Village Deli Pantry and more.
SoupKitchen411 is a registered 501(c)(3) Non-Profit and has a Platinum rating by GuideStar. To make a tax-deductible donation to support local families and restaurants, visit www.soupkitchen411.com and follow on Facebook and Twitter @SoupKitchen411.