“Let Us Eat, Please” and the Community FoodBank of New Jersey hosted a Captain’s Table Reception at the Progressive Insurance Atlantic City Boat Show on Thursday, February 5. Guests enjoyed the creations of more than a dozen chefs from South Jersey’s most acclaimed restaurants, sipped spirits, enjoyed live music, and toured the boats, yachts and other watercrafts at the show. This first gala fundraiser at the Atlantic City Boat Show was attended by 400 and raised more than $60,000.
The Community FoodBank of New Jersey has been fighting hunger and poverty for over 30 years through feeding programs, employment training, nutrition education, and food distribution. More than 40 million pounds of food and groceries is distributed annually to nearly 1,200 partner charities in New Jersey. These charities include emergency food pantries, soup kitchens, temporary shelters, and programs for seniors and children in need including, Let Us Eat, Please.
Let Us Eat, Please started with one school district three years ago, expanded to five districts last year, and continues to grow. Every two weeks over the summer, families identified by the school as needing assistance receive a 30 pound box of groceries at no cost. Last summer, the group served more than 25,000 meals to families in Atlantic County towns where there is a high percentage of students in the federal meal program.