Feed the People!
Believe it or not, the holidays will be here before you know it. It seems like we were all at the beach a week ago, getting some sun and playing in the sand, but it’s actually November now.
How did that happen?!?
Regardless, as the weather turns colder and the seasonal employment dries up in Cape May County, we’re left with a lot of people in the county who aren’t sure where their next meal is coming from.
That’s where the Community Food Bank of New Jersey comes in. They work tirelessly to ensure that no one in our state goes without a nutritious meal, servicing nearly 15,000 households in South Jersey and allowing us to live out one of our most dearly-held Core Values: Be a Good Neighbor.
That’s why, beginning November 16th, we’ll be collecting shelf-stable, non-perishable items in our Brewtique.
In 2017, the Community Food Bank of New Jersey (CFBNJ) distributed approximately 42 million meals throughout the state, with nearly 2 million pounds of food dispersed in the Southern Branch, covering South Jersey.
“We’re food-driven around here at the brewery,” says Events Coordinator Randi Friel, “so we believe that everyone deserves a chance for a good meal. People throughout New Jersey — and particularly in Cape May County — are hungry, and we want to make sure that everyone has a full belly, especially at the holidays.”
According to the CFBNJ, nearly 1,000,000 people in New Jersey live a life of food insecurity — they’re not entirely sure where their next meal may be coming from. The most tragic part of this is that nearly 270,000 of them are the most vulnerable among us: children.
However, the Community Food Bank of New Jersey is here to help.
“I love Cape May Brewing Company,” says Renate Taylor, the Development Officer at the Community Food Bank of New Jersey, Southern Branch. “I’m so very grateful for the brewery. Cape May County is one of the hardest-hit counties in the state, so having the brewery on board as one of our primary ambassadors in the area is immensely beneficial to our cause. CMBC collects a tremendous amount of food for us, giving us an exceptional amount of visibility in the process.
“And, with the amount of work I put in throughout the holiday months, I definitely appreciate their beer.”
CFBNJ is looking for shelf-stable, non-perishable items, Renate tells us.
“Canned vegetables, pasta, rice, canned fruits, and canned proteins,” she says. “We need a lot of canned proteins right now: tuna fish, canned chicken, shrimp in a can — things like that.”
For every eight items you bring in, you’ll receive a raffle ticket for a $500 CMBC gift card. That’ll buy some serious beer.
In addition, to raise some extra funds for CFBNJ, you’ll be able to make a monetary donation in the Brewtique, adding it to your bill.
“While we definitely want to collect a lot of food,” Randi says, “it’s important to remember that every dollar donated allows the CFBNJ to generate three full meals for food-insecure families in the area.”
And it wouldn’t be a CMBC Food Drive without a chance to get your name on our Good Neighbor Keg. Ashley Ziegler, manager at Two Mile Landing, has received the honor for the past two years in a row. It’s time to knock the queen off her throne!
On December 15th — the last day of the Food Drive — we’ll be holding an event to determine who gets their name on the Good Neighbor Keg. We’ll weigh the food that we have thus far, then determine a goal for the drive. Whoever donates the food to get us over that goal will get their name on the Keg.
Aaaaaannnndddd… we’ll tap a reserve keg of a fan-favorite brew to celebrate!
So, start collecting those items! The Food Drive begins November 16th!