LogistiCare Expands Partnership with KIPP Schools by Delivering
Family Packs Prepared by the Community FoodBank of New Jersey to KIPP Newark Families Impacted by COVID Pandemic
NEWARK, NJ– LogistiCare, the nation’s largest non-emergency medical transportation company, is partnering with KIPP Newark and the Community FoodBank of New Jersey (CFBNJ) to deliver nonperishable food to an initial 25 local families impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. The Newark partnership builds upon the relationship between LogistiCare and the KIPP network, which began in August when LogistiCare delivered food to families of the Norcross Academy in Camden. LogistiCare continues to provide access to food to the Norcross Academy through their transportation network, feeding over 75 families.
Through the Newark initiative, registered families enrolled in one of KIPP Newark’s 11 schools will receive a weekly Family Pack to help supplement weekend meals. The Family Pack includes a box of meals for a family of four, along with provisions and produce. It is anticipated that over 5,000 meals will be provided to KIPP Newark families during this initiative.
The Family Packs are prepared by the CFBNJ as part of its effort to combat the rise in food insecurities around the state and locally in Newark due to the pandemic. Through this partnership, LogistiCare is stepping in to deliver Family Packs to the homes of families who lack transportation to the three KIPP schools designated as food distribution sites for the rest of the school year.
“The pandemic has had such a big impact on our community and we are grateful for the Community FoodBank of New Jersey and LogistiCare for their partnership during this challenging time,” said Sheyla Riaz, Director of Social Work, KIPP Newark. “By working together, we’re able to offer KIPP families additional resources and safely meet some of their basic needs.”
“We’re pleased to expand upon our successful partnership with KIPP Norcross in Camden by now delivering food to KIPP families in Newark whose food supply has been disrupted due to the on-going effects of the pandemic,” said Kenneth W. Wilson, Chief Operating Officer of LogistiCare. “We are proud to partner once again with the Community FoodBank of New Jersey to do our part to help increase access to food supplies for families, and particularly families with children at a time they need it most,” Wilson added.
“We are pleased to partner once again with LogistiCare, this time, in the delivery of food to families in Newark,” said Carlos Rodriguez, President & CEO of the Community FoodBank of New Jersey. “This partnership between our organization, KIPP Newark and LogistiCare is a great example of how amazing things can happen when all sectors of society come together in support our neighbors in need.”
About Providence Service Corporation and LogistiCare:
LogistiCare, a wholly owned subsidiary of The Providence Service Corporation, is the nation’s largest manager of non-emergency medical transportation (“NEMT”) programs for state government agencies and managed care organizations. LogistiCare’s services include NEMT ride management, call center management, transportation provider network development and credentialing, and vendor administration.
LogistiCare is focused on providing access to convenient, cost-effective, safe and reliable transportation. LogistiCare delivers tech-enabled solutions that provide enhanced functionality, stronger network performance, streamlined workflow processes, and higher overall system efficiency. Annually LogistiCare manages over 63 million trips for more than 24 million eligible riders in 50 states and the District of Columbia. For more information about LogistiCare, visit www.logisticare.com.
About KIPP New Jersey
KIPP New Jersey is part of the nationally recognized “Knowledge Is Power Program” network of free, open-enrollment, college-preparatory public schools dedicated to preparing students for success in college and in life. In 2002, KIPP New Jersey first opened its doors in Newark’s South Ward as a single class of 80 fifth graders and has since grown to educate 7,035 students in grades K-12 across 15 schools in Newark and Camden. More than 90% of KIPP New Jersey students currently qualify for free or reduced meals. By 2025, KIPP New Jersey will provide a world-class education to over 11,600 students in NJ. To learn more, visit www.kippnj.org.
About the Community FoodBank of New Jersey
The Community FoodBank of New Jersey (CFBNJ), a member of Feeding America®, has been delivering food, help and hope across the state for 45 years. Last year, CFBNJ provided nutritious food for over 66 million meals through its network of more than 1,000 community partners including pantries, soup kitchens, emergency shelters, mobile pantries, and child and senior feeding programs throughout the 11 New Jersey counties it directly serves (Atlantic, Bergen, Cape May, Cumberland, Essex, Hudson, Middlesex, Morris, Passaic, Somerset and Union). For our hungry neighbors, the Community FoodBank of New Jersey is the powerful agent of change that fills the emptiness caused by hunger and provides resources that are essential to earning a sustainable living.