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
As the New Year turns into MLK Day and we look forward to March Madness TOUCH continues to build new partnerships through its food currency. All of the new efforts are exciting and indicative of how much room there is to grow. Consider the following:
TOUCH’s recently-developed partnership with the United States Marine Corps and its Toys-for-Tots program will lead to its recently-announced “Christmas in July” at Miguel’s Pharmacy in Camden. Children will complete an essay on various subjects and receive a toy along with food at a day of activity at Miguel’s parking lot.
MLK Day at TOUCH…TOUCH partnered with Camden County College at the TOUCH Pantry and twenty-eight volunteers cleaned, stocked and organized the pantry for a great day of volunteerism in the spirit of Dr. Martin Luther King.
In January TOUCH started delivering food to three housing sites in Camden in partnership with Betters Tomorrows. TOUCH now delivers nutritious foods to those in need directly into the neighborhoods in Camden in compliance with its mission statement.
In an effort to serve those in need in the Muslim community January 31st saw the kickoff of mobile feeding mosques in the area. TOUCH’s first feeding occurred at the Garden State Islamic Center at 700 Bird Street in Vineland, New Jersey.
In an effort to address the hundreds of hungry students in our local colleges TOUCH has formed a program that delivers foods to Rowan University, Rutgers/Camden and Camden County College. Each of these fine universities receives TOUCH food weekly, feeding hundreds of students. In the past two weeks TOUCH fed 1000 students at Rowan alone.
For the past year TOUCH has allowed Catholic Charities to accept the weekly ACME food donation once a week in order to feed the needy in Salem County. Food from the Pennsville Acme is distributed throughout food pantries in Salem County at the behest of TOUCH.
TOUCH also provides emergency food pickup to many of those urgently in need of food including Camden Board of Social Services, Cooper Hospital. WIC program, Center for Family Services and the North Camden community in general.
TOUCH’s future will include an intern, additional management personnel volunteers and a new building. Please stay tuned to the growth of a volunteer-driven community force that eschews local government and the large international businesses that are within eyesight of our organization but can’t seem to leave their beautiful buildings to help those needing food.
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.