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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 10,000 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.
TOUCH is proud to announce that we have added some partners in distribution and supply. As of September 5, 2018 TOUCH began to supply sandwiches and bakery to the Joseph’s House shelter on Atlantic Avenue in Camden. John Klein and his staff provide a much-needed service to the homeless in Camden. Great job John.
Also, TOUCH is now donating weekly food to the Center for Family Services on Benson Street in Camden. We are fortunate to have such valued organizations who help TOUCH get food directly to those in need rather than through any middleman.
As to food supply, TOUCH is now picking up nutritious vegetables, fruits and dairy from the brand-new Sprouts Farmer’s Market at 1000 South Broad Street in South Philadelphia. Thanks Philabundance for this much-needed addition.
So TOUCH now distributes foods and/or personal services to the following agencies “in addition” to the 150 shopping families at its pantry each week:
- Knights of Columbus, Westmont, New Jersey
- Joseph’s House Shelter, Camden, New Jersey East Side Civic Association, Camden, New Jersey
- Path Day Shelter, Camden, New Jersey
- Camden Board of Social Services, Camden, New Jersey
- Camden Coalition of Healthcare Services, Camden, New Jersey
- Rutgers University, Camden Campus
- UnitedHealthcare, Cherry Hill, New Jersey
- St. John of God, Westville, New Jersey
- Project H.O.P.E., Camden, New Jersey
- Respond Services, Camden, New Jersey
- Catholic Charities, Salem County, New Jersey
- Up Your Alley Ministries, Glassboro, New Jersey
- Gatekeepers Ministry, Camden, New Jersey
- Center for Family Services, Camden, New Jersey
- Volunteers of America — Home of the Brave, Camden, New Jersey
- Self-Help Wellness Center, Camden, New Jersey
- Helpers of God’s Precious Infants, Gloucester City, New Jersey
- Hands of Comfort, Camden, New Jersey
- Missionaries of the Holy Cross, Pennsauken, New Jersey
- National Assn. of Hispanic Nurses, Phila, Pa.
- Twin Bridges Yacht Club, Camden, New Jersey
There is a palpable dynamic swirling around TOUCH and its ability to network and provide more and more nutrition to the challenged community. Every Wednesday when the door of the pantry opens to a line of 100 or more it is obvious that TOUCH breeds a community connection that cannot be duplicated.
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.
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.
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.
TOUCH teams up weekly with the largest volunteer organization in New Jersey, which provides a steady stream 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.
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.
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.
Fall is here and the volunteers are back. On October 10, 2018 The AAA Insurance Company will be providing 4 volunteers to work at the food pantry. This is the fourth time that AAA has helped and they are welcome always.
Additionally, Freedom Prep High School will be providing 20 volunteers on November 16, 2018 to help TOUCH with a special initiative…stay tuned for the announcement concerning what for, where and when
TOUCH New Jersey is proud to announce that it’s Executive Director, Gerald Davis has been appointed to the Food Advisory Council at Philabundance. This opportunity will help expose TOUCH to the many outreach initiatives that Philabundance accomplishes each year.
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.
Seal of the State of New Jersey 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.
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.