At its’ monthly board meeting held today, the Casino Reinvestment Development Authority (CRDA) approved an additional $350,000 in funding support for emergency food services in Atlantic City in response to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.
The food distribution is a collaboration between the Community Food Bank of New Jersey (CBFNJ), CRDA, Jingoli & Bailey families, the NJ AFL-CIO, Local 54 and other casino industry stakeholders and private donors. The CRDA funded the CFBNJ FeedAC 3-month initiative from May 2020 through July 2020 in the amount of $300,000 with an additional $300,000 raised in private funds from Joe Jingoli, Jim Allen, Morris Bailey, NJ-AFLCIO, Local 54 and Philadelphia Foundation and was used to provide 372,092 lbs. of food to members of 8,065 households who live and work in Atlantic City, ultimately providing 324,000 meals to the greater Atlantic City area.
This first-of-its-kind partnership between State and local governments, the casino industry, and union representatives, includes Local 54 providing boots-on-the-ground coordination with CBFNJ and the AFL-CIO, providing both financial and volunteer support for the emergency food distributions.
This new funding provides additional food assistance for casino workers and Atlantic City residents. Included in this funding is the addition of $50,000 for walk up food distribution events throughout the city in partnership with Atlantic City social service organizations in targeted high need neighborhoods to serve those Atlantic City residents who do not own vehicles. The next food distribution will take place at 10 a.m. on Thursday, August 20th at Bader Field and will be on a first come first serve basis for Atlantic City residents and casino workers.Registration is required at the Community Food Bank website, https://cfbnj.org/.
To date, the CRDA has funded $949,655 of various community food initiatives, including Jewish Family Services: $23,500; Hispanic Association of Atlantic County: $80,000; Gateway Community Action Partnership: $50,000; an Intergovernmental Agreement with the City of Atlantic City to fund the purchase and delivery of hot meals to seniors and disabled: $69,552; Salvation Army Food Pantry $75,000; Covenant House $16,503; and Community Food Bank of New Jersey: $650,000.
The number of families and seniors in need of food services in Atlantic City is significant and the need is immediate. In funding these additional services to the community, the CRDA remains steadfast in its mission of helping the residents of Atlantic City.
About the Casino Reinvestment Development Authority
The only agency of its kind nationwide, the CRDA has used Atlantic City casino reinvestments as a catalyst for meaningful, positive improvement in the lives of New Jersey residents since 1984. Under the 2011 Tourism District Act, the Authority's mission evolved from statewide projects to becoming the state's key economic development agency for Atlantic City. CRDA's expanded responsibilities now include land use regulation, tourism marketing and clean and safe initiatives. The CRDA also oversees Historic Boardwalk Hall (the leading entertainment venue of its size in the country) and the Atlantic City Convention Center. In total, CRDA has invested nearly $2 billion in more than 400 projects statewide, of which $1.8 billion has been invested in Atlantic City, spurring business investments and expansions, and creating permanent jobs in the process.
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