School Raises Enough Funds to Provide 52,860 Meals for Hungry NJ Neighbors
Hasbrouck Heights, NJ March 21, 2022 Table to Table, New Jersey’s first food rescue organization, recognizes the students at Cherry Hill Elementary School in River Edge, NJ with the 2021 Bernard and Geraldine Segal Foundation Award for Student Philanthropy in support of Table to Table’s ever-popular Bag a Lunch, Help a Bunch initiative, which invites participants to donate what they would spend on lunch for a day, week, month or more to help Table to Table feed those who need it most.
“Our hats go off to the amazing students at Cherry Hill Elementary School for raising enough funds to provide 52,860 meals to our hungry neighbors,” says Ilene Isaacs, Executive Director of Table to Table. “This is a true representation of student community leadership, and we’re thrilled to recognize their tremendous efforts with the 2021 Bernard and Geraldine Segal Foundation Award for Student Philanthropy,” Isaacs concluded.
Through the kindness of The Bernard and Geraldine Segal Foundation, a challenge grant of $30,000 among all Bag a Lunch, Help a Bunch participating schools in Northern NJ was established. Of the 41 schools that participated in 2021, Cherry Hill Elementary was the top fundraiser, raising enough to provide 52,680 meals. That number, along with the funds raised by the other schools, was generously doubled by the Bernard and Geraldine Segal Foundation.
“We are very proud of our students, faculty and administration for rallying behind Table to Table’s Bag a Lunch, Help a Bunch campaign to help eliminate food insecurity,” says Denise Heitman, Principal of Cherry Hill Elementary School. “As a school, we have a long history of supporting those in need in our community, and it means so much to us to be acknowledged for our commitment,” Heitman concluded.
Bag a Lunch, Help a Bunch is made possible by generous sponsors including: Presenting Sponsor: Inserra Supermarkets; Platinum Sponsor: Becton, Dickinson and Company; Gold Sponsor: Takasago; Silver Sponsors: The Children’s Place, Eisai and Konica Minolta; and Bronze Sponsors: Aetna, Aspen Insurance, Freedom Bank, Hackensack Meridian Health, Movado and PNC Bank.
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About Table to Table
Table to Table, http://www.tabletotable.org is New Jersey’s first and only solely dedicated community-based food rescue program that collects fresh and perishable food which would otherwise be wasted and delivers it to organizations that serve people experiencing hunger in Bergen, Hudson, Essex, and Passaic counties in Northeastern NJ. With a fleet of refrigerated trucks, perishable food is picked up from commercial donors and delivered to more than 250 recipient organizations. Recipient partners include soup kitchens, homeless shelters, older adult programs, day care centers, and programs for the working poor. Food is provided free of charge. Table to Table raises all its own funds every year, and this year will deliver enough food for 39 million meals.