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The cost of a holiday meal is up dramatically this year. The price of turkeys has increased by 23%, and holiday meal staples like eggs, butter, and flour will cost you more.

To help feed our families this holiday season, we have launched #BetterTogether Season of Giving. For this campaign, we partnered with community organizations to raise money, awareness, and food.

We kick off the month of November with our partners, the Community Food Bank of New Jersey

To learn more about the organization, including many locations where you can make a donation, volunteer and more, CLICK HERE.

 

Donated turkeys and holiday meals boxed up for families in need across New Jersey

Donated turkeys heading to food banks for distribution 03:36

Thanksgiving is just days away, and there are still lots of families who don't know if they will have a meal.

The Community Food Bank of New Jersey is working to provide meals to those families in their state. 

CBS2's Jennifer Bisram was in Hillside, where a lot of the food was being boxed up Monday. Altogether, 19,000 holiday boxes will go out statewide.

READ THE FULL ARTICLE HERE

By Jennifer Bisram
 

Donations being distributed to food pantries

Donated turkeys heading to food banks for distribution 03:36

Over the weekend, CBS2 partnered with the Community Food Bank of New Jersey to collect donations for its annual turkey drive. Now those donations are going to pantries that have been waiting for the frozen birds for a while.

By CBS New York Team
 

Over 2,000 turkeys and hams donated at Community Food Bank of New Jersey turkey drive

CBS2, Community Food Bank of New Jersey partner for turkey drive 04:08

Generous shoppers across New Jersey spent their time and money on Saturday, giving back to their neighbors and meeting members of the CBS2 family who were on the ground in Livingston, Denville and Parsippany.

"Tell us about this season of Thanksgiving and why you're here supporting the Community Food Bank of New Jersey," CBS2's Kristine Johnson asked one shopper.

"Well, first of all, Thanksgiving is my absolute favorite holiday of the year. It's not about gifts, and it's really just about family, being grateful, being thankful. I feel blessed that I'm able to make donations," she said.

"What kind of a lesson is this for parents, like you, to teach their children about need and giving?" CBS2's John Elliott asked one shopper who was there with her child.

"Hopefully a good lesson that shows them that when we are fortunate to have enough food that we can give to other people who may not," she said.

Elliott also spoke with a man donating cans of soup in Denville.

"A lot of good people out there who just have some tough breaks in life, John, so anything I can do to help, it's a better world that way," he said.

From turkeys to canned goods, the folks who run the Community Food Bank of New Jersey say even a small donation makes a big difference in the lives of families in need, and this year, many more families fall into that category.

"Every dollar that you give equals three meals, so that can feed a person for an entire day," said Nadine, with the Community Food Bank of New Jersey.

"Years past before the pandemic, many people focused on just homeless people, but it's people like you and I, every single day that may have a mortgage payment, they have a car payment, car insurance," said Stephanie, with the Community Food Bank of New Jersey. "And at the end of the day, where food was always top priority, now it's taking care of everyday living and food comes at the end. So it's everyday people that have a need to eat."

Some shoppers even left and returned with more turkeys to fill Thanksgiving tables across the area.

"Every [donated turkey] is a story because every one of these is a family sitting around the table that would be empty without this," Elliott said.

In all, CBS2 viewers helped the Community Food Bank of New Jersey collect more than 2,000 turkeys and hams to be donated, proving once again that we are all better together.

The virtual turkey drive, which allows people to donate money to buy turkeys and hams, is now up to $13,820, far surpassing the food bank's goal.

If you couldn't make it Saturday, the Community Food Bank of New Jersey is also collecting donations Sunday at several locations including:

  • the First Congregational Church in Montclair,
  • Saint James the Apostle Church in Springfield,
  • Saint Bartholomew Apostle Church in Scotch Plains,
  • Summit Diner in Summit, 
  • And the Jewish Community Center in Summit.
By Jessica Moore
 

#BetterTogether with Community Food Bank of New Jersey

#BetterTogether Season of Giving: Community Food Bank of New Jersey 14:52

In the fight to end food insecurity, CBS2 is supporting the Community Food Bank of New Jersey's annual turkey drive and food donation.

By CBS New York Team
 

Over 100 cyclists preparing to bike for some birds in New Jersey

Cyclists suit up for Community Food Bank of New Jersey 02:23

CBS2 is teaming up with the Community Food Bank of New Jersey this weekend for its annual turkey drive, and our John Elliott shows us how some very committed holiday helpers are using pedal power to help their neighbors.

"This ride is the ride of all rides," said Cat Brennan, with Cycle Craft.

"It's weird, but it's a magical, fun feeling," said Brendan Poh, with Cycle Craft.

"That all of these people feel combined, it's so much fun and we like doing things for the community," Brennan said.

"They do the ride and they love it, and there's big smiles every time," Poh said.

Who cares if it's going to be cold! Saturday morning at about 8 o'clock, more than 100 cyclists are going to suit up at Cycle Craft in Parsippany and get ready to bike for some birds for the Community Food Bank of New Jersey.

The ride starts promptly at 9 a.m., and they're taking the back roads to Boonton.

"Kings is a great partner with the Community Food Bank of New Jersey, and we are ready to rock and roll on Saturday. Come by and donate your turkey," said Mark Erler, with Kings of Boonton.

It's about a 9-mile ride, with hills, to the Kings in Boonton, where the cyclists are going to load up with at least 100 turkeys for the final "turkey" leg of their journey, which ends in delightful downtown Denville at SmartWorld Coffee.

"The trick is, make sure that you have a backpack that isn't too thin because I've had people complain that the frozen turkey froze their back in the three miles between Kings and SmartWorld," Poh said.

Our friends from the Community Food Bank of New Jersey will collect the donations and CBS2 will be broadcasting live, so stop on by, say hi and bring a donation so we can all start the holiday season the right way -- by helping out.

It doesn't cost anything to join the ride, but cyclists are responsible for purchasing the food they donate. If you're interested, just show up early Saturday morning to register.

CBS2 will also being accepting donations at the ShopRites in Parsippany and Livingston. 

By John Elliott
 

Parsippany bike shop gets into season of giving

A bike shop in Parsippany, New Jersey will be doing its part this weekend to help those in need get a turkey for their Thanksgiving table. CBS2's John Elliott has the story.

NJ bike shop gets into the season of giving 01:50
By John Elliott
 

Cycling for the cause

N.J. bike shop helping with turkey drive 03:17

CBS2's John Elliott visited Cycle Craft in Parsippany, New Jersey, where they're gearing up for their annual "turkey bike" ride. 

Each year, a group rides from the store to buy turkeys that they then drop off to donate. 

By John Elliott
 

Counting down to weekend turkey drive

Counting down to Season of Giving turkey drive 04:10

CBS2 is partnering with the Community Food Bank of New Jersey under our #BetterTogether campaign for its annual turkey drive this weekend at nearly 70 sites across New Jersey.  

You might even see some familiar faces there from CBS2 helping out. If you can't make it, you can donate virtually

Community Food Bank of New Jersey President and CEO Carlos Rodriguez joined us in the studio Thursday to talk about how the food reaches people in need and other ways to get involved. 

By CBS New York Team
 

Volunteers help assemble supplies for Thanksgiving

Volunteers help assemble Thanksgiving supplies for those in need 02:43

Monday was a day dedicated to getting food to those in need across the Tri-State Area.  

CBS2's Vanessa Murdock visited two distribution sites where happiness flowed as freely as the nutritious eats. 

There was a brigade of giving in Westchester County. 

CLICK HERE to read the full story

By Vanessa Murdock
 

Community Food Bank of New Jersey helps serve millions across state

Community Food Bank of New Jersey helps serve millions across state 02:56

CBS2 is kicking off our Season of Giving campaign by teaming up with the Community Food Bank of New Jersey. The CFBNJ has been helping the food insecure for 47 years.

As CBS2's John Elliott reports, everything about the organization is big. Their North Jersey warehouse is 285,000 square feet; that's five football fields. They serve 800 food pantries, soup kitchens and food and family centers around the state, but perhaps the biggest number is the hardest to comprehend:  in 2021, they served 85 million meals. That number is profound proof of how many people are hungry in our area.

"I think people need to understand it's not just people in poverty; there's a middle class, if we have that anymore, who need food, have food insecurities just as well," said Daryl Walker, with CFBNJ.

Food and family are important this time of year, but meeting those food family needs this year is going to be challenging.

"We feel that every family deserves a great Thanksgiving meal, and we're going to try our hardest to make that happen," said CFBNJ Director of Operations Alex Gonzalez.

They couldn't do it without volunteers who manage to give and get at the same time.

"For me, it brings a lot of joy to my heart because I know that some child is going to go to bed full," volunteer Erdeana Ward said.

"It's a little sad sometimes when you hear the numbers and how many people are in need of food, but it feels really good to give back, especially around the holidays," volunteer Jody Ventimiglia said.

Volunteers from Ocean Healthcare packaged up over 1,000 boxes with enough food to feed over 4,000.  

"I'm just blessed to help as much as possible," one volunteer said.

"It's all about the kids and the family. That's what it's about," another volunteer said.

To learn more about the Community Food Bank of New Jersey and make a donation, volunteer and more, CLICK HERE.

By John Elliott
 

Partnership with Community Food Bank of New Jersey

We kick off the month of November with our partners, the Community Food Bank of New Jersey

More than 38 million people in the U.S. are food insecure. Over 650,000 of them live in New Jersey. You can help feed those families with your time, money, or a donation.

#BetterTogether: New Jersey food bank gearing up for turkey drive 03:43

CBS New York joins CFBNJ for its 22nd annual turkey drive online and in-person. There are multiple way you can help, including giving to the virtual food drive. Every $1 donated provides three nutritious meals. You can also drop off food during the in-person drive on Saturday, November 19 and Sunday, November 20 at nearly 70 sites across the state. 

CLICK HERE TO DONATE

#BetterTogether: New Jersey food bank feeling the need this holiday season 04:33

They will accept donations of frozen turkeys, roasters, and nonperishable Thanksgiving fixings like canned vegetables, gravy, mashed potatoes, mac & cheese, and more.

Join our #BetterTogether Season of Giving campaign to help provide families with food on their table this holiday season. 

To learn more about the Community Food Bank of New Jersey and make a donation, volunteer and more, CLICK HERE

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