On Tuesday, the Bergen County Board of Commissioners unanimously voted to approve $503,000 of grant funding to support the local nonprofits fighting hunger in Bergen County.
Forty-seven food pantries located across the county are expected to receive these grant funds for much needed infrastructure and supplies specific to the needs of their organization such as computers, tablets, shelving, refrigerators, freezers, tents, and reusable bags.
The Bergen County Food Security Task Force established the grant program this past fall using American Rescue Act funds. The Task Force opened the grant program to any eligible local nonprofit that operates a food pantry, hosts a meal distribution event, or provides a food delivery service to Bergen County residents in need.
“Our food pantries and nonprofit organizations are essential partners in our recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic,” said County Executive James Tedesco. “These sustainability grant funds will ensure that our network of community pantries remain well stocked and will continue providing vital services to Bergen County residents who need help the most.”
“Despite the fact that it has been two years since the pandemic hit our community, the levels of food insecurity remain high, and our pantries need our support” said Commissioner Chairwoman Tracy Silna Zur. “These funds will equip our partners with the tools they need to meet the ongoing unprecedented need and enable them to handle any economic shocks in the future.”
Applicants are set to be notified by the end of the week about the status of their awards.
The Bergen County Food Security Task Force, founded by Commissioner Tracy Zur, was formed in July of 2020 as a response to the skyrocketing need for food and services after the onset of the pandemic. The Task Force has been working to connect the food providers in Bergen County and assist them in sourcing best practices and sustainable solutions to combat the persistent levels of hunger in the community.
To register a nonprofit organization with the Bergen County Food Security Task Force, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org