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Northern NJ Community Foundation Highlights Food Insecurity With Donation of Turkeys for Seniors

December 9, 2020 , Luhrs & Associates

Randy Glover from Tri-Arc Community Development Corporation, Mary Call Blanus from Northern New Jersey Community Foundation, and Reverend Michelle White from Christ Episcopal Church

(Hackensack, NJ; December 9, 2020) ─ The Northern New Jersey Community Foundation’s (NNJCF) recent celebration of National Community Foundation Week spotlighted the growing concern of food insecurity in Bergen County.  Food insecurity, defined as the limited or uncertain access to nutritional food, escalated during the COVID-19 pandemic in the region.   The Northern New Jersey Community Foundation is a not-for-profit organization based in Hackensack

A Bergen County Food Security Task Force’s survey found over 80 emergency providers in the County saw a 50 percent increase in consumers since March 2020, with some experiencing more than a 200 percent increase.   They also found over 20,000 people rely on donated food weekly in Bergen County.

The NNJCF, a nonprofit based in Hackensack, donated turkeys to Tri-Arc Community Development Corporation to help seniors in the area.  Christ Episcopal Church in Teaneck distributed the turkeys through its giveaway program.  During the pandemic, the church’s sanctuary and other open areas have been repurposed to sort and store food donated by the public to help residents experiencing hardships in the area.

Joyce Luhrs with Luhrs & Associates, Mary Call Blanusa from Northern New Jersey Community Foundation, and Reverend Michelle White from Christ Episcopal Church

“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 community based organizations working on the frontline to provide services to ensure food is provided to people who need it,” said Mary Blanusa, Executive Director, Northern New Jersey Community Foundation.  “We ask the public to join us now during the holiday season and in the coming year to do what they can to help others facing food insecurity in their own communities.”

“We are reaching across all communities and nationalities because hunger does not discriminate.  The Northern New Jersey Community Foundation is an important resource to Bergen County and all of its residents.  As an organization, which is representative of the Bergen County community, we thank the Foundation from the bottom of our heart,” said Randy Glover, Chairman, Tri-Arc Community Development Corporation.

As food pantries remain in serious need of donations to replenish dwindling supplies, the NNJCF urges the public to help.  Monetary donations are especially welcome and 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 the NNJCF, call 201-568-5608 or send an e-mail to nnjcf@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 civic engagement, education, public health, the environment, philanthropy, and the arts.  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.

Christ Episcopal Church’s interior was repurposed to sort and store food donated by the public.

Christ Episcopal Church’s interior was repurposed to sort and store food donated by the public.


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