The Northern New Jersey Community Foundation’s celebration of National Community Foundation Week from November 12 through November 18 and National Philanthropy Day on November 15 highlighted the escalation of food insecurity in the region. Once again, the NNJCF’s philanthropy focus area collaborated for a third year with community leader Randy Glover and donated frozen turkeys to All Access Community Development Corporation (All Access CDC). This nonprofit organization headquartered in Hackensack, New Jersey helps people struggling to put food on the table. Accordingly, All Access CDC distributed the frozen turkeys at the Majestic Lodge and Temple (Elks), located at 351 First Street in Hackensack, through its ‘Grab & Go Meals’ program.
Food Insecurity Increased
With escalating food prices and the continued impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, food insecurity remains a serious concern. Furthermore, according to the Bergen County Food Security Task Force, people facing hunger are found in each of the 70 municipalities in the county. In addition, based upon a Feeding America report released in August 2020, an estimated 71 percent increase in food insecurity was discovered in Bergen County, encompassing 103,000 people. One in nine people in the county did not have appropriate access to nutritious food. Moreover, 30 percent of the people were found to be children.
“During National Community Foundation Week and National Philanthropy Day, the Northern New Jersey Community Foundation spotlighted the continued serious issue of food insecurity in the area. The NNJCF collaborated with All Access Community Development Corporation, a community based organization working at the grassroots level, to ensure food is provided to people with the greatest need,” said Mary Blanusa, Executive Director, Northern New Jersey Community Foundation. “During the holiday season and throughout the year, we also ask the public to join us and help others facing food insecurity locally.”
Notably, the donation of turkeys came at a particularly difficult time for people struggling with food insecurity. “Our agency serves meals to 840 families a week, and we have a waiting list of 25 families. As a result of the Northern New Jersey Community Foundation’s donation of frozen turkeys, people with the greatest need — young adults with families, seniors, the disabled and the unemployed — will be helped,” said Randy Glover, Chairman/Executive Director, All Access Community Development Corporation.
Find a Food Pantry
The NNJCF urges the public to help food pantries replenish dwindling supplies. Moreover, people can find nearby food pantries anywhere in the United States on Ample Harvest’s online database. Furthermore, monetary donations may be made to over 76 food pantries throughout Bergen County. A list of some emergency food providers in Bergen County with their addresses, phone numbers and hours of operation may also be accessed online. For further information about All Access Community Development Corporation’s services, donations of turkeys, or to participate in ‘Grab & Go Meals’, contact Candi Stuart at firstname.lastname@example.org, 551-223-7676, or visit the organization’s website.
People in Bergen, Essex, Hudson, Passaic, and Union Counties may also contact these food pantries to donate food or seek assistance:
|Bessie Green Community||www.bessiegreen.org||Essex|
|St. James Social Service Corporation||www.stjamesssc.org||Essex|
|All Saints Community Service and Development Corporation||www.jubileecenterhoboken
|Hoboken Family Alliance||www.hobokenfamily.org||Hudson|
|Jewish Family Service and Children’s Center of Clifton-Passaic, Inc.||www.jfsclifton.org/||Passaic|
|Paterson Task Force for Community Action, Inc.||www.patersontaskforcenj.com||Passaic|
|Homefirst Interfaith Housing & Family Services, Inc.||www.homefirstinc.org||Union|
|St. Joseph Social Service Center||www.sjeliz.org||Union|
Collaboration and Philanthropy
For nearly 25 years, this NNJCF has collaborated with government agencies, nonprofit organizations, and individuals on a range of projects, including food insecurity. By working together, this regional foundation asks: What can we do together that we can’t do alone? In addition, the NNJCF’s work focuses primarily on civic engagement, education, public health, the environment, philanthropy, and the arts. To learn more about the NNJCF and its focus areas, visit the organization’s homepage, call 201-568-5608, or send an e-mail to email@example.com