87,000 RESIDENTS IN SOUTHERN NEW JERSEY ARE AT RISK OF GOING HUNGRY. RESPONDING TO THAT NEED, SUBARU OF AMERICA, INC. HAS BEGUN A ONE-OF-A-KIND CORPORATE ENDEAVOR WITH ITS SHARE THE LOVE GARDEN – AN EMPLOYEE GARDEN INTENDED TO HELP SUPPORT THE COMMUNITY.
Located at Subaru headquarters in Cherry Hill, New Jersey, 10'-by-10' garden plots have been adopted by six employee teams (eight to 12 members each). Subaru partner Greensgrow, a local urban gardening organization, guides employees to properly plant, pick, maintain, and harvest their gardens.
A portion of the garden harvest will go to the Food Bank of South Jersey. This program is designed to engage employees in supporting the environment as well as the community. We are taking a creative approach at how best to support our community, commented Sandy Capell, Subaru community services manager.
FOOD BANK OF SOUTH JERSEY
The Food Bank of South Jersey serves Burlington, Camden, Gloucester, and Salem counties. More produce is needed, according to Mario Partee, corporate partnerships manager. Produce not received as part of the states fresh food program will by provided by the Subaru gardens. This is the first from a corporation, said Partee.
The Food Bank has been helping to combat hunger for 25 years. It supplies 225 local agencies (soup kitchens, pantries, shelters, etc.), serving 20,000 people a week, up from 18,000 in 2008.
The Food Bank is supported through community food drives, and its goal is to provide 5 million pounds of food this year. Subaru efforts to support us are right on time. It will really help us better meet the 40 percent increase in need that has come up this year, explained Partee.