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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

December 15, 2022

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Bergen County Food Security Tast Force Announces 2022 Awards for Food Pantry Sustainability Grant Program

Hackensack, NJ – The Bergen County Food Security Task Force is excited to announce awards for the 2022 Food Security Task Force Sustainability Grant Program, following passage of Resolution 1190 by the Bergen County Board of Commissioners at their Wednesday, December 14 meeting. Awards were approved for 37 organizations from across Bergen County, totaling a disbursement of over $414,000 of American Rescue Plan (ARP) dollars.

“With food insecurity still impacting Bergen County residents, targeted investments like those made possible by the Food Pantry Sustainability Grant continue to be critical for our community partners in fighting food insecurity on the frontlines,” said Bergen County Executive Jim Tedesco. “This new round of funding will help 37 organizations across Bergen County meet the demand for food in our communities by reinforcing their ability to provide nutritious meals and critical supplies to those that are struggling.”

"Supporting sustainability and essential infrastructure at our food pantries is a vital step in continuing this marathon to end hunger in Bergen County," said Commissioner Chairwoman Tracy Silna Zur. "With so many still struggling, our pantries need our help now more than ever to ensure our neighbors have access to the resources they need."

The Task Force Sustainability Grant Program, which has awarded over $900,000 in ARP dollars across two 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 impacting 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 Task Force 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 FSTF sustainability grants after last night’s public meeting:

  1. Annie Clyde Holt Food Pantry
  2. All Access Community Development Corporation                                                          
  3. Ascension Church
  4. Bergen Volunteer Center                                                                                                       
  5. Borough of Elmwood Park - Residents Assistance Program                                     
  6. Buddies of New Jersey                                                                                                            
  7. Center for Food Action- Englewood                                                                                    
  8. Center for Food Action- Saddle Brook                                                                               
  9. Church of the Assumption of Our Blessed Lady                                                            
  10. Closter Food & Assistance Board                                                                                         
  11. Connex4NPO, a NJ Non-Profit Corporation                                                       
  12. Disabled Combat Veterans Youth Program                                                                     
  13. Dumont Food Pantry - DCG Cares                                                                                        
  14. Englewood Neighborhood Pantry a Nonprofit Corp.                                                  
  15. Epiphany Community Food Pantry                                                                                     
  16. Families for Families                                                                                                                
  17. Father's Cupboard at Grace Redeemer Church                                                             
  18. Felician University                                                                                                                    
  19. Franciscan Community Development Center of Fairview                                         
  20. Gurudwara Sri Guru Singh Sabha Glen Rock                                                                   
  21. Helping Hands Food Pantry of Teaneck NJ                                                                      
  22. Jewish Family & Children's Services of Northern New Jersey (JFCS)                     
  23. Meadowlands YMCA                                                                                                                
  24. Norwood Food Pantry                                                                                                               
  25. Open Door Community Center                                                                                            
  26. Our Community Dinner Table                                                                                                
  27. Parkside Community Church                                                                                                 
  28. Ridgewood Senior Citizens Housing Corporation, Inc.                                                
  29. Rutherford Community Pantry Inc.                                                                                    
  30. Sacred Heart Church                                                                                                                 
  31. Social Service Association of Ridgewood and Vicinity                                                
  32. Strangers Helping Strangers Food Pantry                                                                        
  33. The Food Brigade Inc.                                                                                                                
  34. The Office of Concern Food Pantry                                                                                     
  35. Tri Boro Food Pantry                                                                                                                 
  36. Varick Memorial Food Pantry                                                                                               
  37. Westwood United Methodist Church    

 

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.

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