Camden celebrates partnership with DoorDash to address food insecurity

Camden Mayor Victor Carstarphen, DoorDash and area nonprofits on Thursday announced a new partnership through DoorDash’s Community Credits program to address food insecurity at the North Camden Community Center.

In the lead-up to September’s Hunger Action Month, DoorDash is working with the city of Camden to help reduce food insecurity tied to the company’s commitment in support of the White House Conference on Hunger, Nutrition and Health by providing gift cards to local organizations that are working to broaden food access.

“I look forward to this dynamic partnership with DoorDash and I appreciate their commitment to equitable food access in Camden,” Carstarphen said. “I also commend President (Joe) Biden and Vice President (Kamala) Harris for their commitment through the White House National Strategy on Hunger, Nutrition and Health and for their commitment to fostering these impactful public-private partnerships aimed at increasing access in underserved communities. In urban communities like Camden, the fight against hunger is a reality for far too many residents. I am confident in our community partners and feel this program will significantly help to broaden food access citywide.”

“As we approach Hunger Action Month in September, it’s clear that there is an urgent need for collaboration across the public and private sectors to break down barriers to food access,” Toney Anaya, global head of government relations at DoorDash, said. “We’re proud to be working with Mayor Carstarphen and help support the incredible work that local organizations do to expand food access. By providing these resources, we can enable these tremendous organizations to do more of what really matters: supporting the Camden community.”

At the event, representatives from Center for Family Service, Food Bank of South Jersey and the American Red Cross New Jersey Region were in attendance to make remarks and receive ceremonial gift cards to kick off the partnership. Members of the Camden city council and city of Camden Department of Human Services also addressed the state of food insecurity and highlighted the importance of these programs to combat hunger.