Thanks to all who donated to MEND this past weekend at Maplewoodstock! We are grateful to those who contributed or signed up to volunteer. Your generosity is appreciated by our eighteen member food pantries and all those we serve. If you didn’t get a chance to stop by, consider donating to our online food drive with Curbing Hunger. Another excellent way to keep food on pantry shelves this summer. THANKS!
Photo by James Ting
While meditating, Marcell Pickens had a vision that he needed to buy groceries for someone in need. During two recent trips to the store he looked for someone who may be quietly in need of food, but didn’t find anyone. Then, while shopping at Kings in Short Hills, Marcell found a food drive staffed by volunteers from MEND and the Interfaith Food Pantry of the Oranges. When the volunteers explained that they were collecting food for MEND’s 18 local partner pantries and handed Marcell the list of food, he immediately knew this was his way to give back to those in need. He purchased everything on the MEND list and donated two full bags with a big smile and a full heart. Thank you, Marcell! Interested in paying it forward? MEND will have volunteers at Kings in Short Hills for the rest of week. Stop by and make a donation, or leave some non-perishable goods at the Courtesy Desk! By Kristin Sterling.