Charity sees the need not the cause
CHARITY SEES THE NEED NOT THE CAUSE
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.
From the Executive Director
Fall is always a time for new energy at TOUCH New Jersey.
Now that Meher’s fundraising bike event from Toronto to Niagara Falls is complete TOUCH moves on to some outstanding agenda events. On September 12th TOUCH hosted a corn gleaning event at the A.T. Buzby farm for the Bayer Procurement Crop Science Team whose goal is to shape agriculture for farmers, consumers and the planet in general. What a fabulous event it turned out to be with GREAT weather, great volunteers, and a goal achieved of delivering five gaylords of fresh white corn to numerous households in Camden.
Participants from the Bayer team came from Iowa, Missouri, North Carolina, California and other states. Farmer Eric Buzby provided the fields, Bayer provided the volunteers and TOUCH provided the instruction and equipment for a successful day. Miguel’s Pharmacy was happy to receive the fresh produce and the Bayer team even help distribute right in Cramer Hill. Check out the photos on this site showing a lot of happy people. Many thanks to the Gentle Giant folks that volunteered their services and trucked the corn from Woodstown to Camden.
Next, TOUCH will host the Michaels Organization at the same farm on September 26th for the benefit of Cathedral Kitchen in Camden. With a plan to engage approximately 25 volunteers this should be another great day for those in need.
Another exciting food addendum are the new Starbucks sandwiches and protein packs being picked up every Monday and Thursday at Philabundance and delivered to Healing Words on Kaighn Avenue and Miguels’s Pharmacy. Both family adults and children are benefitting from this healthy addition.
As we move toward 2020 TOUCH’S commitment to addressing its core mission of “confronting hunger one person at a time” only becomes more entrenched through our weekly food pantry, weekly Fresh Fruit Friday at Miguel’s and the miscellaneous events like gleaning and delivering Starbucks products that put food on family tables each and every day.
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.