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Assembly Speaker Craig Coughlin (D-Woodbridge). (Photo: Kevin Sanders for the New Jersey Globe)

Coughlin, O’Toole to chair anti-hunger campaign

By Nikita Biryukov, April 14 2020 2:01 pm

Assembly Speaker Craig Coughlin and Port Authority Chairman Kevin O’Toole will co-chair a new program meant to prop up New Jersey restaurants while feeding the state’s needy.

The FeedNJ campaign will seek to connect local restaurants suffering because of the COVID-19 crisis with soup kitchens facing surges in demand because of the economic crisis spurred by the pandemic.

“I appreciate FeedNJ’s unique approach of bringing together local restaurants who have been facing their own challenges through this pandemic to help assist those soup kitchens that are seeing a huge shortage of food,” O’Toole said. “Creative approaches are going to be essential in helping New Jersey pull through this tough time.”

Ken DeRoberts, founder of Soup Kitchen 411, which is launching the new campaign, said all of the money raised by the program will go to buying food from restaurants.

“Even without the COVID-19 pandemic, too many families in New Jersey are constantly faced with food insecurity and hunger,” Coughlin said. “Since being elected Speaker in 2018, I have made the battle against hunger a top priority for our legislature and the state.”

In 2018, Coughlin, then in his first year as Assembly speaker, introduced and pushed through a package of bills meant to combat hunger issues in New Jersey.

“I am so excited to be launching this two-pronged campaign meant to both provide food for soup kitchens and a boost for restaurants during this time of need,” DeRoberts said. “I am so grateful to Speaker Craig Coughlin and Port Authority Chairman Kevin O’Toole for their desire to help spearhead the effort.”

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