Although the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation became a national philanthropy in 1972 and has operated on a national scale since then, it also has continued funding a limited number of local institutions and projects in the New Brunswick area and throughout New Jersey. It does so in part to honor the legacy of its founder, and in part to recognize the special responsibilities to the communities and the state in which it is located.This grant will provide the Community FoodBank of New Jersey (NJCFB) and its fellow members of the Federation of New Jersey Food Banks help to purchase and distribute more emergency food to the state's communities most impacted by super-storm Sandy. In addition to supporting NJCFB efforts to increase the purchase and distribution of more emergency food assistance (in northern part of the state), this grant will also support similar efforts by the Foodbank of Monmouth and Ocean Counties ( serving many of food pantries in the state's shore towns), and Mercer Street Friends Foodbank ( assisting several groups providing emergency food assistance in the Greater Trenton area). The food banks will waive their usual and nominal fee to make all the foods purchased free to pantries and others groups helping residents. The grant will support the additional costs for drivers, rental of vehicles, and fuel costs to distribute food, where needed. No portion of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation grant will be used for the purchase of capital improvements (e.g., renovations) and equipment (e.g., vehicles). The NJCFB, the American Red Cross and the Salvation Army are active members in the New Jersey Voluntary Organization Active in Disaster.
Amount Awarded $250,000.00
Awarded on: 11/9/2012
Time frame: 11/15/2012 - 5/14/2013
Grant Number: 70630