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Volunteers will gather at CFB’s Headquarters to Collect Donations and Prepare Food Bags                                                                                                                    

HILLSIDE, N.J., June 26, 2015 – For the sixth consecutive year, NAIOP New Jersey, the commercial real estate development association, will join forces with the Community Food Bank (CFB) of New Jersey in Hillside to conduct a food drive and volunteer day. The chapter’s 2015 Community Action Project is slated for Friday, July 10.

On July 10, volunteers will spend the day at the Food Bank headquarters in Hillside, with a combination of half-day and full-day shifts from 9:30 a.m. until 3 p.m., sorting incoming donations, repacking food and household items and more. Lunch and beverages will be provided, thanks to the generosity of Dave Gibbons and Anne Estabrook of Elberon Development Group. Community Action Co-chairs are Jon Mikula of HFF and Lauren Richter of The Rockefeller Group.

In 2014, NAIOP New Jersey members assisted the food bank by contributing more than 800 pounds of food plus cash donations of nearly $2,000 through collections at their respective offices and association events. The cash donations equal almost $20,000 in buying power for the food bank.

In the past, many of the volunteers have brought donations with them on volunteer day as well. CFB, a designated 501(c)(3) charitable organization, provides education and training programs, and distributes 43 million pounds of food to more than 1,000 non-profit groups, including soup kitchens, food pantries, shelters, after-school programs and senior centers, as well as to an additional 400 programs through its Partner Distribution Organization. Altogether, CFB feeds 900,000 hungry people in 18 New Jersey counties. Of those receiving assistance, 45 percent are children and 10 percent are elderly.

The 2015 Food Drive is currently underway in support of the Community Action Project, with NAIOP New Jersey members once again conducting food collections at their places of business and providing monetary donations. The public is encouraged to donate as well.

The 2015 Food Drive is NAIOP New Jersey’s latest effort in a long tradition of community service, with the ultimate goal of helping to make the state’s communities better places in which to live and work. Complete details of the 2015 Community Action Project can be found at www.naiopnj.org. Members and colleagues who would like to help should contact Barbara Morford at (732) 729-9900 or morford@naiopnj.org for more information.

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