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
I have often remarked that Thanksgiving is TOUCH’s Super Bowl. After a long and arduous year-long season of performing week in and week out supplying food to the needy we come to the seminal and ubiquitous event of feeding both the general public and numerous partner organizations for the holiday.
The effort required by all of the regular twenty-five TOUCH volunteers continues to grow each year as TOUCH increases its partners. Even so, when the door comes down after each Thanksgiving it is time to evaluate our effort and to compare to years in the past through recognized metrics. Accordingly, as of December 31, 2019 TOUCH will have accomplished the following in 2019:
16,692 families served
77,740 individuals served (Camden official population 74,532)
Regular volunteers – 25
Visiting volunteers – 275
1040 food pickups
27 regular partners
644,800 pounds of food served in the year equivalent to 322,500 tons.
The year 2019 also continued the partnership growth that is the focus of TOUCH’s business plan for the future. New relationships with the likes of Rutgers University, The Michaels Organization, Camden Board of Social Services and Camden Lutheran Housing have sought to define TOUCH’s growth. The environment is obese with opportunity and we are already plotting continued development in order to deliver even more food to the Camden/Philadelphia habitat.
Not that TOUCH will be somnolent through Christmas. We will continue to supply the weekly food that our clients count on and to dress the holiday season with meats, dairy, dry goods, produce, bread and bakery.
Finally, I cannot in good conscience let the year slip away without thanking Philabundance and The W.W. Charitable Trust. TOUCH exists because of the compassion exhibited daily by individuals employed by these two organizations. To these individuals and to all connected with TOUCH I wish happy holidays and a healthy and blessed New Year.
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.