Senator Singleton Provides 1,250 Meals During Third Annual Summer Lunch Tour
Meals provided to Burlington County children and families in need
Moorestown, NJ – As part of his ongoing commitment to address food insecurity throughout his district, Senator Troy Singleton held his third annual summer lunch tour this summer to provide a free lunch to children and families in need throughout Burlington County.
The Senator partnered with Corsi Catering to provide lunches to over a thousand residents in his district. Starting in July, the Senator distributed meals consisting of a hoagie, fruit, and a beverage. In all, the Senator’s tour stopped in 10 towns throughout his district, serving 1,250 meals. The Senator partnered with local school districts so they could invite families that receive free/ reduced lunch to the events.
"Food insecurity has been, and will continue to be, an issue I am very concerned about," said Senator Singleton. "However, it is even more of a priority in the summer months when many children do not have access to their school lunch programs. That is why we partnered with our local school districts to make sure these meals got to those families who need them the most."
The Senator also noted his appreciation to everyone who made these events possible - local school districts, Burlington County Board of Commissioners, Burlington County Human Services, South Jersey Boys Read, Book Smiles, and Center for Family Services - for being ready and willing partners.
In addition to offering lunches, other information was made available at these events by community partners. Burlington County Commissioner Director Dan O’Connell, Commissioner Alison Eckel and representatives from the Burlington County Human Services Office attended the events so families could learn about social service programs offered. The Senator also invited Books Smiles and South Jersey Boys Read to distribute bags of books to children, and the Center for Family Services to share information about their Navigator Exchange Program.
“Tackling hunger and food insecurity continues to be one of our top priorities and Senator Singleton’s Summer Lunch Program has proven to be a real difference-maker,” said Burlington County Commissioner Allison Eckel. “Attending several of these Friday events, I’ve seen how these lunches provide relief for families struggling to afford basic necessities. No one should have to choose between food, housing and health care, and partnerships like this one helps ensure they don’t have to.”
The Senator’s summer lunch program is part of his ongoing commitment to serve the communities he represents. In addition to these 10 events, the Senator holds monthly “Serve with Senator Singleton” community service projects, and hosts a number of donation drives throughout the year, including a school supply drive which is ongoing through August 19th.
"I am guided by the idea that service is the rent we pay for living on this earth. That is why we spearhead efforts such as the summer lunch program, monthly community service projects, and annual donation drives. These acts of public service are ways that we can collectively give back to our communities, and make a difference together,” continued Senator Singleton.