Kathleen DiChiara started the Community FoodBank of New Jersey in the back of her station wagon in 1975. In 1978, she began the Emergency Food Program of the Archdiocese of Newark and, in 1980, the FoodBank. In 1982 she formed a non-profit corporation, the Community FoodBank of New Jersey, which began operation with a staff of five in a former slaughterhouse in Newark. That year, 75,000 pounds of food were distributed to 80 charities. Today, the CFBNJ feeds nearly 1 million New Jersey residents each year.