Northern NJ Community Foundation Highlights Food Insecurity and Donates Turkeys for Struggling Families in Bergen County
(Hackensack, NJ; November 22, 2021) ─ 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.
The NNJCF collaborated again with community leader Randy Glover and donated frozen turkeys to All Access Community Development Corporation (All Access CDC), a nonprofit organization headquartered in Hackensack, to help young adults with families in Bergen County. All Access CDC distributed the frozen turkeys at the Majestic Lodge and Temple (Elks) through its 'Grab & Go Meals' program.
Food Insecurity Increased
Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, food insecurity remains a serious concern. Last year, a Bergen County Food Security Task Force survey found over 80 emergency providers saw a 50 percent increase among consumers in need of food, with some experiencing 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 Northern New Jersey Community Foundation highlighted the serious issue of food insecurity in the area. The Foundation collaborated with All Access Community Development Corporation, a community based organization working on the front lines, to ensure food is provided to people who need it," said Mary Blanusa, Executive Director, Northern New Jersey Community Foundation. "During the holiday season and throughout the year, we ask the public to join us and help others facing food insecurity locally."
The donation of turkeys came at a particularly difficult time for people struggling with food security. "Our allotment of food distribution has increased from 800 meals to well over 1,600 daily. The Northern New Jersey Community Foundation's donation of frozen turkeys will help our young adults with families," said Randy Glover, Chairman/Executive Director, All Access Community Development Corporation.
The NNJCF urges the public to help food pantries replenish dwindling supplies. Monetary donations may be made to over 76 food pantries throughout Bergen County. A list of emergency food providers in Bergen County with their addresses, phone numbers and hours of operation may be accessed online at bit.ly/BergenFoodPantries. For further information about All Access Community Development Corporation'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, www.allaccess-cdc.com.
To learn more about the NNJCF, call 201-568-5608, send an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org, or visit the organization's website, www.nnjcf.org.
About Northern New Jersey Community Foundation
Founded in 1998, the Northern New Jersey Community Foundation (NNJCF), a not-for-profit 501(c)(3) organization based in Hackensack, New Jersey, focuses primarily on the arts, civic engagement, education, the environment, public health, and philanthropy. The NNJCF works with local governments, school districts, businesses, non-profit organizations, and citizen groups in northern New Jersey to improve community life. The Foundation's partners identify and resolve regional problems and opportunities by talking and learning from each other and sharing ideas, best practices, services, and resources.
Photo Caption: From left to right. The Northern New Jersey Community Foundation's Executive Director, Mary Call Blanusa, and Associate Director, Danielle DeLaurentis, presented All Access Community Development Corporation's Chairman/Executive Director, Randy Glover, and COO Joellen Green frozen turkeys to distribute to young adults with families during the Thanksgiving holiday.