On Saturday morning, two shifts of Rotarians from our District volunteered to sort and package food for distribution to a variety of sites in the areas served by the Community Food Bank of New Jersey.

For many of us this was our first exposure to this operation's huge 285,000 square foot facility located in Hillside, NJ.  This enormous facility is one of six statewide units collecting and distributing over 43 million pounds of food within the State, annually.  The food is distributed to over 1000 non-profit programs in addition to another 400 programs served by partner organizations which results in supplying needed nutrients to 900,000 New Jersians.

The operation is well coordinated and able to efficiently use volunteers. 

As a Club, we have discussed dedicating a Monday to a service project instead of a regular lunch.  Management at CFBNJ informed us they are set up for this type of volunteer effort.  We could work from 12:30 to 2:00pm and they would supply a lite lunch. There is also a potential to involve the Key Club in this program.  We’ll discuss possibilities at our next Board meeting – comments are welcome.