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South Jersey’s newest food pantry opens to serve 8,000 residents

One local church is stepping up to answer their community’s call for help to keep their residents happy and healthy in the face of food insecurity.

Community members and leaders gathered at St. Peter’s Episcopal Church in Clarksboro Saturday to cut the ribbon on their new food pantry, and open their doors to new opportunities.

The St. Peter’s Community Pantry will be open every second and fourth Saturday of to all members of the community, regardless of income or religious affiliation. 

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In Gloucester County alone, approximately 8,000 residents face food insecurity – 3,000 of them being children.

“Our food pantry here at St. Peters Community is so vital right now because there is just such a great food insecurity in our community, and we are really seeing that by people coming to churches and asking for help,” said Rev. M. Mantelle Bradley. “So we created this food pantry to make a real difference in our community and all the surrounding communities around us here in this area.”

For more information about the community pantry, or how to donate, visit St. Pete’s website.

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Riverfront Museum, Peoria nonprofit partner to fight food insecurity

Peoria Grown workds to address the issue of food insecurity in the Peoria area, with an emphasis on locally grown foods and fresh produce. (Photo courtesy of Peoria Grown)

The Peoria Riverfront Museum is partnering with Peoria Grown to help residents get hands-on with their health.

The museum is hosting a Peoria Grown Pop-Up on Saturday, May 27 from 1 to 3 p.m. on the sun plaza, 222 SW Washington St.

The event is intended for the whole family, with live food demos, activities and challenges to improve individual and community wellness awareness.

Try an array of culturally diverse fruits and vegetables to fill a food passport. Participants can get their heart pumping with a dance party led by Studio Z.

Licensed dieticians will be on hand to answer questions and talk with individuals about healthy eating habits.

Peoria Grown is partnering with the Peoria Riverfront Museum for special events throughout the summer, planning heart-healthy events in conjunction with the Body Worlds RX exhibit at the museum, which opened May 13.

For more information on these events, visit RiverfrontMuseum.org.

The museum and Peoria Grown are looking for volunteers of all ages to help at one of these heart-healthy events. They will take place on the fourth Saturday of each month. See the dates and ages groups below:

May 27 — elementary students

June 24 — high school/college students

July 22 — senior adults 65 and older

Aug. 26 — open to all ages.

To sign up to volunteer, go to www.flipcause.com.

Peoria Grown was founded in 2018 with a mission is to address food insecurity issues through improved coordination of resources; access to affordable, healthy food with an emphasis on fresh produce; and education on nutrition and making healthy food choices.

The organization looks to address the

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