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TOUCH New Jersey, Inc. was formed in 2003 operating as a “shopping food pantry” in and around the city of Camden, growing gradually and incorporating in 2007. TOUCH New Jersey has been operating in North Camden since 2015 and has impacted the local residents to the extent that over 10,000 pounds of food are distributed each Wednesday. TOUCH New Jersey addresses poverty in the poorest neighborhood of the poorest city in America by providing food and resources to individuals and needy families that survive at or below the poverty level.
TOUCH New Jersey has emerged from the somnolence of winter juggling an overabundance of initiatives as well as looking to prepare for feeding programs started last summer.
Much like Eric Buzby who owns Buzby Farms in Woodstown, New Jersey where TOUCH gleans fresh white sugar corn TOUCH has planted for the spring and the harvest looks plentiful.
Currently, TOUCH has developed solid partnerships with RLS Transport where full pallets of leftover food are rescued and distributed to those in need. Also, our partnership with Logan Township is strong and each month an abundance of salads and dry goods are transported to Camden. Meanwhile, a particularly exciting food source has developed where music promoters from the local BB&T Pavilion contact TOUCH to rescue foods from backstage in order to distribute. Recently, TOUCH has received requests from local radio station WMMR to rescue food from its all-day concert at the Pavilion. TOUCH also receives food donations weekly from local Contractor Riggs Distler and Jewish Family Services in Cherry Hill.
When combined with the growth in food pickups from Philabundance TOUCH has expanded its food distribution to 12,000 pounds per week serving an average of 150 walk-ins and 32 outreaches including veterans thru Red Cross at Fort Dix. TOUCH is also the main referral for food by Camden Board of Social Services, Center for Family Services, Congressman Donald Norcross’ office, and the Camden Coalition of Healthcare Providers and Cooper Hospital.
Regularly Joseph’s House Shelter, Respond, Catholic Charities, Rutgers University, and several churches receive food from TOUCH.
On the financial side TOUCH is blessed to receive funding for its initiatives from Wells Fargo through the W.W. Smith Charitable Trust, AARP/NJ, St. John Vianney, Dan Higgins Flooring, TRG Cares Foundation, the Horizon Foundation, Dr. Sidney Cohen and Charity Services Centers.
Within all of this the future is full of promising pending partnerships with with major corporations in Camden, an announcement of a completely new initiative at a Gala in October, and a possible MOU to double the food brought in to TOUCH.
Every day our group works to grow the effort, including our new Marketing Director, our new Administrative Assistant, our university intern, our Social Media Director, our re-organized Board of Directors and those committed volunteers who “make it all work.”
In spite of its accomplishments TOUCH looks to take its efforts to even higher levels with a new building and pickup vans as its major immediate goals. Our dynamic and growth are palpable. Feel free to jump on board of this fast-moving train that is headed to fulfillment of its mission to “fight hunger one person at a time.”
FEED THE NEEDY IN THE SENIOR COMMUNITY
Let us remember our senior community and show our love to our elderly by feeding them.
PROVIDE NUTRITION FOR STRUGGLING FAMILIES
Nutrition is for everyone. Help us nurture the families who need our help.
PROVIDE EMERGENCY FOOD FOR THOSE IN CRISIS
We can lessen people’s crisis and make them feel loved by providing emergency food.
We’re low income,fixed income.[TOUCH pantry] supplements our groceries so we don’t starve to death.”
This pantry allows me to get meat ….I can prepare ,meals for myself and others.
READY TO BECOME A VOLUNTEER ?
TOUCH New Jersey coordinates and administers an all-volunteer food Pantry which is based in the New Beginnings Church at 549 State Street. The pantry is open each Wednesday for 4 hours, allowing low-income, elderly and disabled residents to “shop” for fresh fruit, vegetables, meats, dairy, bread and other food staples. TOUCH’s operations are staffed by volunteers, currently “rescuing” and distributing an average of 9500 pounds of food per week.