Cabot's Gratitude Grill serves up lunch to those who fight against hunger

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Laura Stetser/ Cabot Creamery brought its Gratitude Grill food truck to the Egg Harbor Township location to serve grilled cheese sandwiches, garden salad and chocolate chip cookies as a thank you to volunteers for helping those in need. Laura Stetser/ Cabot Creamery brought its Gratitude Grill food truck to the Egg Harbor Township location to serve grilled cheese sandwiches, garden salad and chocolate chip cookies as a thank you to volunteers for helping those in need. Community FoodBank marks national hunger awareness day with treat for volunteers

EGG HARBOR TOWNSHIP – The Community FoodBank of New Jersey marked National Hunger Action Day Thursday, Sept. 4 by providing free lunch for the volunteers who help the local food pantry distribute an average of 150,000 pounds of groceries each week.

The awareness event kicked off Hunger Action Month, which is observed each September as part of a campaign to get the public involved in fighting hunger in America.

Laura Stetser/Vermont-based dairy farmer Mark Hackett cooked up the food for volunteers like DonnaLynn Warren of Egg Harbor Township on Thursday, Sept. 4. Laura Stetser/Vermont-based dairy farmer Mark Hackett cooked up the food for volunteers like DonnaLynn Warren of Egg Harbor Township on Thursday, Sept. 4.

To help the FoodBank thank its volunteers, longtime Feeding America partner Cabot Creamery brought its Gratitude Grill food truck to the food bank’s southern branch to serve grilled cheese sandwiches, garden salad and chocolate chip cookies to volunteers.

The food truck is staffed by a trained chef and supported by members of the Vermont-based farmers cooperative.

Chef Jimmy Kennedy and dairy farmer Mark Hackett cooked the food for volunteers including DonnaLynn Warren of Egg Harbor Township.

“This is a great treat,” Warren said, noting it was the first time the volunteers were treated to a sponsored lunch. “I have no idea what they are going to be serving us, but I love Cabot, so anything will be good.”

 The red food truck is a traveling kitchen conceived by the farm families who own Cabot. It is used to thank volunteers, community service organizations and groups for the work they do supporting and sustaining their communities. Throughout the year, the Gratitude Grille visits towns and cities along the East Coast, stopping at food banks, home-building sites, playground restorations, schools, community centers and other nonprofit locations.

Teams prepare items using Cabot products, such as macaroni and cheese, soups and sandwiches. Free product samples are also given out.

The FoodBank routinely gets support from Cabot Creamery, which has sponsored the annual poker tournament Put a Bad Beat on Hunger for years. Held Aug. 17 at Borgata Hotel Casino and Spa, this year’s tournament raised $14,000 for the FoodBank.

For information on Hunger Action Month see  feedingamerica.org/get-involved/hunger-action-month.aspx.

 To get involved with the Community FoodBank see  cfbnj.org . Laura Stetser/The FoodBank routinely gets support from Cabot Creamery, which has also sponsored the annual poker tournament “Put a Bad Beat on Hunger” for years. This year’s event was held at the Borgata Hotel Casino and Spa on Aug. 17 and raised a total of $14,000 for the FoodBank. Laura Stetser/The FoodBank routinely gets support from Cabot Creamery, which has also sponsored the annual poker tournament “Put a Bad Beat on Hunger” for years. This year’s event was held at the Borgata Hotel Casino and Spa on Aug. 17 and raised a total of $14,000 for the FoodBank.


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