MEND’s SUMMER HUNGER CHALLENGE- Help MEND meet the challenge of summer hunger – Target $5000.00

Summer is upon us, and while that means more relaxed days for many, it can be a stressful time for food insecure children who lose access to Federally-funded school meal programs.  In NJ, only 20% of the children who receive free and reduced-price meals during the school year are enrolled in a summer feeding program.

MEND is working to alleviate summer hunger in Essex County through its

“Summer Hunger Busters” program.  In addition to the food that MEND pantries regularly distribute, this program will provide families of school-aged children with supplemental summer food packages.

So far, MEND has received funding of $13,400 for Summer Hunger Busters, but we need an additional $5,000 to supply packages to all our families with school-aged children.

Please support MEND’s Summer Hunger Busters program.  Visit our website, to donate, or email for information about hosting a food drive to support this program.

Thank you to the following organizations for their support of our program: Fraentzel Foundation, Junior League of the Oranges and Short Hills, Walmart Foundation Community Grant Program, and Orange Orphan’s Society.