“Godshall’s donations provided breakfasts to people who haven’t eaten breakfast in weeks,” said Gerald Davis, executive director at Touch New Jersey Food Alliance, operating two food pantries in Camden and Pennsauken, New Jersey. Both facilities are in what’s classified as “food deserts,” areas without adequate nutrition available even in the best of times.
Urban areas often are most effected by difficult situations, and the Covid-19 pandemic impacted New Jersey disproportionately. Scores of people found themselves without work and with many stores closed. “We’re seeing a lot of new people, folks who never expected to need our services, coming to us for the first time, up about 30 percent. The need is very real,” Davis said.
Back in Telford, that need was answered.
“We’re happy to help whenever we can,” said Ron Godshall, president of Godshall’s Quality Meats. “We see it as our patriotic duty at this time to execute a three-point plan: Keep our family of employee owners safe, keep the great American food supply safe and flowing, and keep folks fed, especially in hard times.”
Rigorous new standards of hand washing, sanitizing, protective gear and distancing are in force everywhere at Godshall’s. Protective barriers were proactively installed, and visors were commissioned early and now are worn throughout the production area. Godshall’s has adapted to a new reality and is purposeful in the goal of filling increased orders from retailers whose customers now prepare nearly all meals at home.
“But we saw opportunity in the inventory of food service items made available by the temporary closure of restaurants and food service institutions,” Godshall said.
A call to Davis put Touch New Jersey’s intake crew in action, picking up the large donation and getting it to the pantries, which are open four hours a day to serve the needs of low-income, elderly and disabled citizens. The haul of bacons and other smoked meats was distributed in just three hours.
“That’s a win-win” Godshall and Davis agreed.