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Release Date: Tuesday, July 22, 2014
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Chapter’s Members and Staff Once Again Volunteer On-site and with Donations
NEW BRUNSWICK/HILLSIDE, N.J., July 22, 2014 – The Community Action Project has become an important date on the calendar of NAIOP New Jersey, and for 2014, the commercial real estate development association once again volunteered with on-site services and through donations of food and funds to aid the Community Food Bank of New Jersey (CFB). On July 18, for the fifth straight year, chapter members and staff met at CFB’s Hillside headquarters and warehouse, delivering the donations and spending the day sorting incoming donations, repacking food and household items, preparing food boxes for delivery to senior citizens, and sorting clothing donations for children.
“About 90 volunteers participated in this year’s effort,” said Michael McGuinness, CEO of NAIOP New Jersey. “The volunteer turn-out was the largest yet and clearly demonstrates our members’ long-standing commitment to community service. Altogether, nearly 800 pounds of food products were collected, and donations totaled more than $1,900. We sincerely thank our volunteers for their efforts in this worthy cause.” Every dollar donated equates to ten dollars of food-buying power for the Food Bank. NAIOP’s 2014 Community Action Committee is chaired by Dani El-Haj, The Bank of Woodbridge, and Lauren Richter, The Rockefeller Group.
CFB, a designated 501©(3) charitable organization, supplies food and household products to soup kitchens, pantries, shelters, after-school programs and senior centers across the Garden State. Of those receiving assistance, 45 percent are children and 10 percent are elderly, according to CFB officials. Each year, the Food Bank and its partners feed 900,000 hungry people in New Jersey.