About Us

WHO WE ARE

Challenging Hunger in the Camden County Community

WE ARE WORKING ON WORLDWIDE
CHARITY SINCE 2003

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.

As a certified agency with Philabundance, TOUCH New Jersey receives foodstuffs from ACME supermarkets throughout South Jersey in Willingboro, Moorestown, Maple Shade, Audubon, Voorhees and Runnemede as well as the Walmart in Williamstown and the Philabundance Produce Hub in South Philadelphia. Touch also independently receives bread and pastry from Deluxe Bakery in Runnemede and has also added to its weekly pickups through the Aldi store in South Philadelphia and the Acme in Pennsville New Jersey.

WE ARE HELPING HANDS

Touch New Jersey Food Pantry.

CHARITY FOR EDUCATION

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CHARITY FOR EDUCATION

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Executive Director

Gerald C. Davis – Executive Director

Gerald started as a volunteer at the Food Pantry in 2012, taking over as Executive Director when Debbie Realey retired.

Gerald has a varied background in social giveback, with experience as a volunteer at the “Cathedral Kitchen” in Camden, as well as numerous efforts at St. Paul’s in Camden, and the “Homeless Outreach” in the Kensington section of Philadelphia and in front of the main Public Library on Sunday mornings.

After owning and operating his own construction business for 25 years, he retired in 2011 and embarked on a second career in social giveback.

Mr. Davis was educated at West Chester University. He holds a Property Claims Law Associate designation (PCLA) and is currently a project Coordinator for “Jersey Cares” in Newark, N.J. He has three adult children, a five- year-old son and two grandchildren.

Outreach Partners

TOUCH New Jersey, in partnership with Miguel’s Pharmacy in Cramer Hill has established a weekly neighborhood produce distribution at the pharmacy location called “Fresh Fruit Friday.” For the past year Touch has delivered fresh fruit, produce, bread and pastry on Friday afternoon for distribution to needy families in the neighborhood. Many seniors and children have benefited from this wholesome project.

Community Partnerships

Jersey Cares

TOUCH teams up weekly with the largest volunteer organization in New Jersey, which provides a steady strem of volunteers for the food pantry on Tuesday, Wednesday and Saturday. Jersey Cares boasts a data base of over 40,000 active volunteers throughout the state.

Workforce 55+

TOUCH operates in an agency relationship with the State of New Jersey in the Workforce 55+ program where low-income seniors work at the food pantry and are compensated a minimum wage to address their basic needs.

AARP NJ

Touch has been successful in establishing a solid partnership with AARP NJ wherein this state-wide organization has funded the current “Healthy Cooking for Seniors Series” and has provided extensive consultation materials for distribution at Touch’s events. TOUCH New Jersey is proud to partner with this well-respected organization for the benefit of the community.

Our Volunteer Groups

TOUCH welcomed three volunteer groups recently. AARP NJ, AAA SJ and AAA Casualty Insurance Group came to the food pantry with a surplus of volunteers and cleaned, worked the food line, stocked and unloaded deliveries while the food pantry was humming. Touch is very appreciative of these energetic volunteers and will always have a place for them at our pantry.

Commendations

Challenging Hunger in the Camden County Community

Three representatives from Touch New Jersey were delighted to meet with US Congressman Donald Norcross (1st District of New Jersey) on May 29th, 2018 to discuss how our food pantry can receive support from his office and better serve his constituents. We look forward the assistance Senator Norcross’s office will be providing in terms of locating opportunities to pursue which will increase our abilities to provide disadvantaged residents with nutritious food for their struggling families. (photo from left to right: Keith Bounds, Congressman Norcross, Sr. Katherine, Touch New Jersey CEO Gerald Davis)

Seal of the City of Camden September 2014, TOUCH New Jersey Food Pantry was the Recipient of a Joint Legislative Commendation from the State of New Jersey and also from the Camden City Council for it’s efforts to fulfill it’s mission.

Service Partners

Philabundance

TOUCH New Jersey lives and breathes as a direct result of the altruism of Philabundance. As an agency representing Philabundance Touch picks up food weekly at Acme Supermarkets in Willingboro, Maple Shade, Moorestown, Woodbury, Pennsville, Old City, South Philadelphia, Center City and the Aldi in South Philadelphia and the Wal-Mart in Williamstown. Philabundance, through its agency agreement with Touch feeds hundreds of families weekly and is truly an asset to Touch’s mission.

Deluxe Italian Bakery

TOUCH makes three pickups per week at the Deluxe Italian Bakery in Runnemede.

PHONE: 856-803-3030 OR EMAIL hello@touchnewjersey.org

Store Hours: Wednesdays 9am to 1pm. Could change for holidays or dangerous weather.