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 On Monday, the Board of Commissioners will unveil the Camden County Center for Community Nutrition, a $5 million project that aims to combat food insecurity in Camden County.


                        The facility was created to expand upon the county’s growing need for home delivered meals to residents. The new space is 7,500 square feet and supports meal assembly and distribution services for the home delivery program and houses supporting staff areas, frozen and refrigerated food storage and dry goods storage all under one roof.


                        Currently, the program serves more than 2,000 clients, which is 846 more clients than last year.             


“Food insecurity is an unfortunate obstacle that too many of our residents are struggling with,” said Commissioner Director Louis Cappelli Jr. “This facility will allow our meal services to run smoother and reach more residents, as we take on more and more clients by the year. With a larger and more high-tech facility, we have a real shot at knocking out food insecurity within our county.”


                        The building will be named after a tireless nutrition activist, Lawnside Mayor Mary Ann Wardlow, who has been a long-time organizer and advocate for Meals on Wheels. And the project was funded by a combination of Community Development Block Grants, American Rescue Plan funds and a grant from Congressman Donald Norcross.


                        It is estimated that by 2025, the Camden County Nutrition Hub will be serving 300,000 meals per year.