by jerseygirl on December 15, 2008 · 35 comments

Today I am blogging about one of the many crises our state is having. Deb from NJ Bites has recruited over 100 bloggers to participate in the Blogging Out Hunger Campaign in NJ. Kudos to her!

As I started thinking about what to write for my post today, so many random facts started running through my head. Do I tell everyone that 500,000 people in NJ depend on the Community Food bank of NJ? Or do I let everyone know that the demand is up by 30 percent while the supplies are way down? Instead of rattling off the statistics and hard facts I will tell you how you can help. Even The Boss is helping out.

If you live in NJ, you can bring food to your local pantry. Check out this website to find the closest pantry to where you live . I am happy to add that my church, Prince of Peace Lutheran Church is one of the food pantries listed. You can also go to NJ and donate money, goods or your time. Most supermarkets in NJ have “Check out Hunger” coupons where you can donate a few bucks while checking out your groceries. If you don’t live in NJ, you can still help your own local food bank.

Wouldn’t it be great if everyone could skip buying their cup of coffee one day this week and go to the grocery store? Instead of a $5 latte, you could get several boxes of pasta or jars of sauce. Or how about making a peanut butter and jelly sandwich for lunch one day and using the 10 dollars you would have spent on lunch to buy a case of beans or canned vegetables? One of the things I like to do is to throw an extra can or two of vegetables in my grocery cart for my local food pantry every time I go shopping. There are so many little things, we can do to combat hunger. Please help if you can.

Since I am so passionate about food, it is important to me that no one goes hungry. I thought about what I could do for this campaign. For every comment I get on this post, I will donate one item of food. Come on people. Leave a comment. Let me know that the NJ bloggers have been heard and let us fill up some pantries!

Thanks to these bloggers that have all participated today!
3) Jersey Girl Cooks
4) Simply Sable
5) John and Lisa are eating in South Jersey
6) Padma’s Kitchen
7) Chefdruck
8) Life Lightly Salted
9) My Italian Grandmother
10) Cook Appeal
11) Crotchety Old Man Yells at Cars
12) Mommy Vents
13) This Full House
14) Paper Bridges
15) Motherhood Avenue
16) The Kamienski Chronicles
17) Down the Shore with Jen
18) Fits and Giggles
19) House Hubbies Home Cooking
20) Nourish Ourselves
23) Off the broiler
24) Mrs. Mo’s New Jersey Baby
28) Savy Source Newark
29) Momlogic New Jersey
33) Best of Roxy
34) Citizen
36) Jersey Beat
37) Pop Vulture Phil
41) Mike Halfacres Blog
42) Somerset08873
43) Family, Friends and Food
47) New Jersey Real Estate Report
49) More Monmouth Musings
50) Man of Infirmity
51) Another Delco Guy in South Jersey
53) Average Noone
54) Cleary’s Notebook
55) Welcome to my Planet
56) The Center of New Jersey Life
57) Sharon’s Food Blog
58) Morristown, Chatham, Summit, and Madison NJ Real Estate
59) Midtown Direct Real Estate News
60) New Jersey Real Estate
63) The Ridgewood Blog
64) Book a Week with Jen
65) Banannie
67) Matawan Advocate
68) Take Back the Kitchen
69) The Joy of Toast
70) Route 55
71) Montclair
72) SaveJersey
73) Stompbox
74) Joe the Blogger
75) Environmental Republican
76) Stacey Snacks
77) Subversive Garden
78) New Jersey Pathfinder
79) Cooking With Friends Blog
80) Triple Venti
81) Read All About It
82) Rich Lee on Media
83) Likelihood of Success
84) Cape Cuisine
85) The Business At Hand
86) NewJerseyTaxRevolution
87) Figmentations
88) MiddletownMike
89) Caviar and Codfish
90) A Day in the Life
91) Mack’s Journey Through Life
92) Alice’s Restaurant
93) Tiger Hawk
94)Politics Patrol, The Bob Ingle Blog
95) The Food Chain
96) Henson’s Hell
97) Cranbury Conservative
98) Baristanet
99) New Jersey: Politics Unusual
100) Jersey Shore Blog
101) Plainfield Today
102) Beacon Bulletin
103) Journal Square Jersey City 07306

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Debbie December 15, 2008 at 8:09 am

I think this is a great idea….thanks Lisa for reminding us the true meaning of Christmas….

Patsyk December 15, 2008 at 9:23 am

Great post, Lisa!

Anonymous December 15, 2008 at 10:04 am

I volunteer at our local shelter, distributing meals to people in need. We always see an influx of donated foods around the holidays, but people should remember that this need exists year round and try and donate at times other than Christmas.

Megan December 15, 2008 at 10:15 am

While hunger is not seasonal, this is a great time of year to remind people who are blessed, to give to others who are less fortunate. Thanks for that reminder!

Barbara Bakes December 15, 2008 at 10:23 am

Our Utah food bank has a huge need this year as well. I made a nice contribution online. Good luck!

kat December 15, 2008 at 10:26 am

We aren’t in NJ but we’re giving most of our charity money this year to Second Harvest in MN.

Cassie December 15, 2008 at 10:28 am

You rock!

Stacey Snacks December 15, 2008 at 10:36 am

That’s a great post.
Let’s all give food, time or money to this important cause!

Happy holidays,

Carole R December 15, 2008 at 10:43 am


I will be glad to send you a few $$$ so you can donate more food.

Although I am Jewish I donated 10 dozen cookies to the old aged home for a cookie sale run by the Little Sisters of the Poor. GOOD is GOOD.

Hunger Sucks

Allie December 15, 2008 at 11:43 am

Wonderful idea! So nice to see so many people getting involved.

Bunny December 15, 2008 at 11:49 am

What a great idea Lisa, I hope that many people take your lead and help as well!

John and Lisa Howard-Fusco December 15, 2008 at 12:13 pm

Great post and idea, Lisa! – John

biz319 December 15, 2008 at 12:43 pm

Great ideas!

My hubby and I donated items needed to our local women’s shelter, like Clorox wipes, laundry detergent, etc. So my gift boxes to family were smaller this year – I think they’ll understand!

Culinarywannabe December 15, 2008 at 1:11 pm

What a great cause. Thank-you so much for helping out others in need.

Pam December 15, 2008 at 1:32 pm

Good for you Lisa. It’s so important to help others in need – it’s what the holidays are all about. I’ve found my food bank and will be donating this week.

Maria December 15, 2008 at 1:35 pm

What a great event! It is so important to give this time of year!!

Aggie December 15, 2008 at 1:41 pm

What a fantastic campaign Lisa!!! My good friend’s is having a birthday party for her son Saturday and is accepting food donations for a local food bank…I will bring extra in honor of your event as well!! Thank you for doing this, I am amazed at all the participation.

Janine December 15, 2008 at 2:07 pm

Kudos to you for the donation. Times are hard and all of the food bank’s shelves are getting low. My church, Ashland Church ( supports a local food pantry in Somerdale, NJ at Park Avenue Community Church. They’ve also let us know that they’re in need and donations are needed, eveyone is hurting and it’s time for us to help each other.

Laura December 15, 2008 at 2:58 pm

This campaign lets the power of blogging shine! Imagine how many people are going to take action because of your efforts. KUDOS to Lisa and all the bloggers!

Katherine Aucoin December 15, 2008 at 3:42 pm

You Jersey people are amazing and I commend you on your spirit. WE all have to stick together and help each other. We are working through our church and it’s heart breaking how many people need assistance that were doing so well only months or a year ago.

nicole December 15, 2008 at 3:49 pm

What a good post.

The Blonde Duck December 15, 2008 at 5:55 pm

What a lovely cause.

Susanne December 15, 2008 at 7:22 pm

Thank you for working for such a great cause. Happy Holidays to you and your family. What a great example you are for your children.

Jan December 15, 2008 at 8:03 pm

Well done, Lisa, for contibuting to such a worthy cause. It’s tragic that in a wealthy country like this there are so many people going hungry.

I will check out to find my nearest food bank. Thanks for the info.

cookienurse December 15, 2008 at 10:27 pm

Thanks for the great idea and for giving to others! I will go and do the same!

Julie December 15, 2008 at 10:36 pm

I don’t live anywhere near NJ but if my comment will help, glad to do it! My hubby volunteers at a food bank here, and their donations are really down. It’s tough everywhere!

Carrian December 15, 2008 at 10:40 pm

Good for you and hopefully this will inspire others!!

Elle December 15, 2008 at 11:04 pm

This is such a great cause, and such a good reminder for all of us to do what we can.

Tracy December 15, 2008 at 11:39 pm

Coincidentally, my sons’ school is doing a food drive — so I’ll match your donation in New Jersey with one in New York.

ConversationsWithACupcake December 16, 2008 at 12:39 am

Oh, Lisa! If I were there, I would give you food to deliver. What a lovely thing to do together.

My friend ( is rallying ladies in this area to gather toys for a wanting Women’s shelter. Isn’t this season of giving lovely?

Shelly Borrell December 16, 2008 at 5:04 am

Lisa: Kudos from a California Blogger – Nibbles of Tidbits. Great job!!!
Shelly 🙂

LeslieVeg December 16, 2008 at 9:39 am

What a Blessing! You are a doll!

Annie December 16, 2008 at 10:27 am

Great a cause and what a perfect time of the year to make a difference.

I also try to buy a few can goods and such while doing my regular shopping. It’s money I’ll never miss but will help others in need.

Thanks for reminding us how easy it is to give! 🙂

Yasmeen December 16, 2008 at 12:56 pm

This is a generous way to feed the destitute.

Erica December 19, 2008 at 8:38 am

Ow! Comment for a cause- I’m for it!

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