FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Thursday, September 14 2017


More Than $195,000 in Federal Funding Is Directed to Six Major Food Banks in the State

Trenton, NJ – New Jersey Department of Community Affairs (DCA) Commissioner Charles A. Richman today announced grant awards totaling more than $195,000 to six community food banks across the state. The food banks will use the money for food purchases, refrigeration and storage costs, and fuel and transportation costs. Two of the food banks also run “diaper banks” to provide families with diapers for their children and may use the grant funds to purchase diapers. 

““The Christie Administration is committed to helping the state’s most vulnerable residents,” said Commissioner Richman. “New Jersey’s food banks, and all the affiliated organizations they support, make food available to hundreds of thousands of needy families and individuals every year and these grants will go a long way toward aiding in that mission.” 

Funding for the grants comes from the federal Community Services Block Grant (CSBG) program. The DCA is funding food banks because they are effective collection and distribution centers for getting food to the many soup kitchens, food pantries and homeless shelters that serve people in all 21 counties of the state. 

Funding is being made available to the following food banks: 

Community Food Bank of NJ (covering their North and South Jersey programs)

$80,000 ($10,000 for “diaper bank”)

Fulfill (previously Food Bank of Monmouth and Ocean Counties)


Food Bank of South Jersey


Mercer Street Friends



$20,000 ($5,000 for “diaper bank”)

Rural Development Corporation






 For more information on CSBG funds, visit on the DCA website. 

The Department’s Division of Housing and Community Resources strengthens and revitalizes communities through the delivery of affordable housing, supportive services and the provision of financial and technical assistance to communities, local government and community-based organizations.


Tammori Petty
Lisa Ryan
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