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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 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 and Pennsville as well as the Walmart in Williamstown and the Philabundance Produce Hub in South Philadelphia.

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.

For the past six months TOUCH has picked up nutritious fruits and vegetables from Jewish Family & Children’s Service in Cherry Hill. This produce supply nicely compliments our menu on Wednesdays.

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.
  • Cooper Hospital, Camden, N.J.
  • 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
  • Center for Family Services, Camden, New Jersey
  • Volunteers of America — Home of the Brave, 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.

 

WE ARE HELPING HANDS

Touch New Jersey Food Pantry.

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.

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 seven-year old son and two grandchildren.

Executive Director's Intern

Jakea K Thania…In collaboration with Rutgers University/Camden TOUCH was fortunate to bring on Jakea who comes to our non-profit with a BS in Business Management from the University. As a co-owner of a convenience store in the area Jakea offers her expertise in systems management besides being fluent in Bangla, and Hindi. Jakea is a major contributor in the planning of outreaches and networking in the TOUCH scheme.

Outreach Partners

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.

Catholic Charities has joined the TOUCH family and handles a weekly pickup at the Pennsville Acme as a TOUCH representative. Hundreds of pounds of meat, bakery, dairy and bread are distributed in Salem County each week through this partnership.

RLS Transport has brought its business of transporting bulk amounts of frozen foods to the freezers of TOUCH when RLS deliveries are rejected for one reason or another. In those cases RLS contacts TOUCH who picks up and delivers these bulk items for distribution at the food pantry.

Logan Township is kind enough to allow TOUCH to pick up the extras from its monthly food outreach, resulting in nutritious salads, fruits and dry goods.

Kings Things Christian Thrift Store’s Gerry Siglow has become a mainstay helping TOUCH “rescue” bulk fruits and vegetables from Gloucester and Salem counties, including Logan Township’s monthly outreach.

Riggs-Distler…Almost every Friday TOUCH can count on this major building contractor to donate trays of luncheon sandwiches, salads and bakery which are taken to shelters in the Camden area fpr those in need.

TOUCH is now coordinating with the Cherry Hill American Red Cross via food donations that go directly to serviceman in Fort Dix where military families can benefit without cost.

 

Volunteer Partners

Jersey Cares

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.

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.

RUTGERS University / Camden is TOUCH’s newest volunteer partner asset with food pantry cleanup crews working on a weekly basis. Also, RUTGERS was instrumental in helping TOUCH obtain an intern for the Executive Director and helps TOUCH through its Office of Civic Engagement.

Folkloric Heritage’s owner Eddie Rosado has joined the TOUCH Board of Directors and will contribute as the Administrative Assistant to the Executive Director. TOUCH will join with Folkloric Heritage in the very near future to advance new community programming.

The Work Group has become the most regular organizational volunteer sending young men and women to the weekly pantry to help stock, organize and cleanup. The Work Group’s leader, Lavar Edwards, is a tireless worker in the theatre of youth development and is a true friend to TOUCH.

Move For Hunger has now come aboard to assist TOUCH in its mission statement having spent the past 10 years itself fighting hunger. This wonderful non-profit provides no-cost trucking transportation for the bulk foods that are available to TOUCH and delivers to spots in Camden. TOUCH looks to work with this wonderful organization for years to come.

Commendations

Challenging Hunger in the Camden County Community

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.

Corporate 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.

W.W. Smith Charitable Trust/ Wells Fargo

These two organizations working as a team have made mighty contributions to TOUCH New Jersey that have cleared the path for initiatives for our seniors, families that have been previously excluded and for an 30% increase in food availability. W.W. Smith and Wells Fargo have shown how the non-profit community and the business community can combine to provide one of the most basic needs to those that are challenged; nutritious food.

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

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