The Coalition for a Safe Community and the Pleasantville School District are holding a food distribution and a book bag giveaway starting 10 a.m. Wednesday at the Pleasantville Bus Station, West Jersey Avenue.
The COVID-19 pandemic has caused food insecurity across South Jersey to increase, and officials and community groups have responded by holding food distributions around the region.
A Stockton University poll released in June showed that many Atlantic County residents struggled to feed themselves and their families even before the pandemic.
Nearly 18% of residents said they had run out of food without having money to buy more. Fourteen percent have skipped a meal because they couldn’t afford food, and 17% skipped a meal in an effort to save food for their children, according to the poll taken in March.
Of those polled, 35% said they have eaten the same thing several days in a row because the item costs less, while 30% wished they could eat healthier but simply couldn’t afford it.
The Press of Atlantic City is working to compile a list of food distributions across the region.