PHILLIPSBURG, NJ (Warren County) – NORWESCAP food bank in Phillipsburg was among six statewide to receive funds to supplement their food supplies, according to New Jersey Secretary of Agriculture Douglas H. Fisher.
More than $16,000 will be distributed to those food banks. The funding represents contributions through the Community Food Pantry Fund, a state income tax form check-off program.
“New Jersey taxpayers have made a direct impact on the lives of many Garden State families in need with their donations,” Secretary Fisher said. “When filing your taxes, please seek out this fund and donate to this worthy cause.”
Other food banks that received funds include: Community Food Bank of New Jersey, Hillside; Food Bank of South Jersey, Pennsauken; Fulfill (formerly the Food Bank of Monmouth and Ocean Counties), Neptune; Mercer Street Friends Food Bank, Ewing; and Southern Regional Food Distribution Center, Vineland.
The fund was the result of recommendations from the state’s Hunger Prevention Advisory Committee in an effort to create an on-going funding stream to assist with the acquisition of emergency food to enhance the emergency food provider system.
The check-off was first available on the 2010 tax year forms. It allows taxpayers to either contribute a portion of their tax refund or make a donation. Money collected for the fund administered by the Department of Agriculture must be used exclusively for food purchases. Those wishing to contribute will find the check-off item on their NJ-1040 income tax form. Since its inception, more than $171,000 of taxpayer-donated money has been distributed to the foodbanks through the fund.
Governor Murphy and the State Legislature allocated $6.8 million for the current fiscal year’s New Jersey Department of Agriculture State Food Purchase Program (SFPP). That money is distributed quarterly to the state’s six food banks for the purchase of healthy foods, with an emphasis on buying produce from New Jersey farmers. The SFPP is in its 13th year.
The Department also distributes United States Department of Agriculture-donated food to the six food banks through The Emergency Food Assistance Program.