Hackensack, NJ – County Executive Jim Tedesco, the Board of County Commissioners, and the Bergen County Office of Food Security are excited to announce awards for the 2023 Food Security Task Force Sustainability Grant Program, following passage of resolution 1373-23 by the Bergen County Board of Commissioners. Awards were approved for 56 organizations from across Bergen County, totaling a disbursement of over $630,000 of American Rescue Plan (ARP) dollars.
“Given the persistent issue of food insecurity affecting residents in Bergen County, strategic investments, such as those facilitated by the Food Pantry Sustainability Award, remain vital for our community collaborators in tackling this issue," said County Executive Jim Tedesco. "The latest infusion of funds will empower 56 organizations throughout Bergen County to address the growing need for food in our communities, strengthening their capacity to deliver nourishing meals and essential supplies to individuals facing hardships.”
"The Food Pantry Sustainability Grant Program has been a critical investment in the resilience of our food pantries, providing much-needed infrastructure to those working to end hunger in Bergen County," said Bergen County Commissioner Tracy Zur. "This is our largest grant distribution yet; a testament to the ongoing need, and Bergen County's commitment to ensuring our food pantries are equipped with essentials such as refrigeration, storage, and technology."
The Food Pantry Sustainability Grant Program, which has awarded over $1.5 million in ARP dollars across three rounds of applications, provides critical funding for targeted investments in infrastructure improvements, technological improvements, and weatherization improvements for organizations that operate a food pantry, a hot meal distribution, or provide food delivery services for Bergen County residents in need. Some of the most requested items in this round of awards included new refrigerators and freezers, shelving and prep tables, computers, laptops and tablets, and heaters, tents and canopies for outdoor food distributions.
With food insecurity still affecting so many of our neighbors in Bergen County, these investments in our network of emergency food providers are more important than ever. The items funded by the Food Pantry Sustainability Grant will help organizations continue to meet the needs they see in their communities, and also help them receive fresher and healthier food items for clients, bring pantry operations into the 21st century through digitization of client and inventory management, and ensure pantry operations and food distributions can occur year-round and in all weather.
The following organizations are set to receive Office of Food Security sustainability awards after last night’s public meeting:
All Access Community Development Corporation
Annie Clyde Holt Food Pantry
Bergen Family Center
Borough of Elmwood Park - Residents Assistance Program
Borough of Hasbrouck Heights
Borough of Old Tappan
Calvary Baptist Church
Center for Food Action- Englewood
Center for Food Action- Mahwah
Christ Episcopal Church/Faith Hope and Love Food Pantry
Church of the Assumption of Our Blessed Lady
CONNEX4NPO A NJ NONPROFIT CORPORATION
Cresskill Cares a NJ Nonprofit
CSBC Mom’s Food Pantry
Disabled Combat Veterans Youth Program
Englewood Neighborhood Pantry a Nonprofit Corp.
Epiphany Community Food Pantry
Evangel Christian Church
Families for Families
Food & Assistance Board of Closter
Franciscan Community Development Center of Fairview
Grace Episcopal Church Rutherford
Gurudwara Sri Guru Singh Sabha Glen Rock
Iglesia Adventista – SDA Church
Jewish Family & Children's Services of Northern New Jersey (JFCS)
Meadowlands YMCA – Russo Family Food Pantry
Mount Calvary Baptist Church
Never Alone Again Resource Center
Norwood Food Pantry
Office of Concern Food Pantry
Open Door Community Center
Our Community Dinner Table
Paramus Friendly Neighbors / Paramus Community Pantry
Parkside Community Church
Ponds Food Pantry
Ramapo College of New Jersey / We Care Program
Ridgewood Senior Citizens Housing Corporation, Inc.
Rutherford Community Pantry Inc.
Sacred Heart Church
Social Service Association of Ridgewood and Vicinity
St. Andrew’s RC Church
St. Anne's Food Pantry
St. Francis de Sales Food Pantry
St. John The Evangelist Food Pantry
St. Matthew’s Church
Strangers Helping Strangers Food Pantry
The Dumont Food Pantry – DCG Cares
The Food Brigade Inc.
Tri Boro Food Pantry
Varick Memorial Food Pantry
Westwood United Methodist Church
YMCA of Garfield
YMCA of Ridgewood
The Bergen County Food Security Task Force, spearheaded 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. In June of 2023, Bergen County Executive Jim Tedesco III announced that the Task Force would become the Bergen County Office of Food Security and would have a permanent home in the Bergen County Department of Human Services – serving as resource connector for pantries and their clients, and furthering the goals of creating a resilient and sustainable network of food pantries in Bergen County.