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The Food Bank of South Jersey has multiple programs in place to combat food insecurity in the four SJ counties it serves, including a revamped Afterschool Meals Program for low-income children. Celeste E. Whittaker/Staff Photographer

 

Cheesesteak king Tony Luke, Jr. is among the judges this year for the Hunger Games, a live cooking competition at Food Bank of South Jersey, that raises awareness about hunger in our region.

The Food Bank Hunger Games 2019 take place Wednesday beginning at 6 p.m., hosted once again by Bill Anderson of Fox 29.

Other judges include Chef Emili "Milly" Medley, who was a contestant on Season 14 and 17 of ''Hell's Kitchen;'' food blogger Marilyn Johnson of phillygrub.blog, and yours truly. 

The competition challenges corporate teams who must create a healthy, tasty and eye-catching meal from a box of mystery ingredients typical of what would be found in a food bank donation.

With the help of mentors from the culinary community, they have 45 minutes to prepare a dish and beat the competition.

Competing this year are: Canada Dry/Snapple; Holman Enterprises, Wells Fargo, Care One, Jefferson Health, Forman Mills, HBK CPAs & Consultants, Federal Rent a Fence, Virtua, Del Val Lifecycle Support, Capehart Scratchard, M&T Bank and Subaru.

Another highlight of the annual Hunger Games, which is a Best of the Bite-Sized Desserts competition, judged by the audience. This year, desserts are being provided by Chloe's Creme Puffs, Seasons 52, Dulce Artisanal Pastry, Shake Shack and Mademoiselle Macaron.

The fun also includes a Canada Dry Happy Hour Lounge featuring regional wines from  Plagido's, White Horse, Villari and Cedar Rose, as well as craft beer from Double Nickel Brewing Co.

Doors open at 5:30 p .m. Tickets are $10, or $15 at the door. The Food Bank of South Jersey, 1501 John Tipton Blvd., Pennsauken.

Visit donate.foodbanksj.org/event/the-food-bank-hunger-games

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