Food Security Highlighted

The Northern New Jersey Community Foundation’s (NNJCF) celebration of National Community Foundation Week from November 12 through November 18 highlighted the escalation of food insecurity in the region. In 1989, former president George H.W. Bush established National Community Foundation Week to raise awareness about the important role of philanthropic organizations. Nonprofits like the NNJCF foster local collaboration and innovate solutions to address persistent civic, economic challenges.

Again this year, the NNJCF collaborated with community leader Randy Glover. The Foundation donated frozen turkeys to All Access Community Development Corporation (All Access CDC) in Hackensack. The donation helped young adults with families in Bergen County. Afterward, All Access CDC distributed the frozen turkeys at the Majestic Lodge and Temple (Elks) through its ‘Grab & Go Meals’ program.

All Access CDC's Randy Glover and Joellen Green (far right) received frozen turkeys from the NNJCF's Mary Call Blanusa (center).

All Access CDC’s Randy Glover and Joellen Green (far right) received frozen turkeys from the NNJCF’s Mary Call Blanusa (center).

Food Security a Concern

Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, food security remains a serious concern. For example, the Bergen County Food Security Task Force  found over 80 emergency providers saw a 50 percent increase in the need for food. Furthermore, some experienced more than a 200 percent increase. They also found over 20,000 people rely on donated food weekly in Bergen County.

“During National Community Foundation Week, the Foundation highlighted the serious issue of food security in the area. The NNJCF collaborated with All Access Community Development Corporation. This community based organization works on the front lines ensuring food is provided to people who need it.  We also ask the public to help others facing food insecurity locally,” said Mary Blanusa, Executive Director, NNJCF.

According to Randy Glover, Chairman/Executive Director of All Access CDC, the donation of turkeys came at difficult time. “Our allotment of food distribution has increased from 800 meals to well over 1,600 daily. Furthermore, the Northern New Jersey Community Foundation’s donation of frozen turkeys will help our young adults with families,” he said.

In addition, the NNJCF urges the public to help food pantries replenish dwindling supplies. Monetary donations may also be made to over 76 food pantries throughout Bergen County. Furthermore, a list of emergency food providers in Bergen County with their addresses, phone numbers and hours of operation may be accessed online. For additional information about All Access CDC’s services, donations of food, or to participate in ‘Grab & Go Meals’, contact Candi Stuart at 551-223-7676 or visit the organization’s website.

Leave a Comment

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.