Hunger by the Numbers…

According to the recently released 2016 Feeding America “Map the Meal Gap” report, the highest concentration of “food insecurity” in the state is in Essex County. The study identifies the number of food insecure residents in every county across the country, as compared to the population of the county, to determine a “food insecurity rate.”

At 18.6 percent of the population, Essex has the highest rate of any county in New Jersey. Hunterdon reported the lowest rate in the state, 6.4 percent. Overall, more than 1 million residents in New Jersey, or about 11.8 percent of the state’s population, are “food insecure,” the term the USDA uses to indicate people who lack access to enough food to live healthy lives.


MEND PANTRY STATISTICS 2016                                                                     

Apostles’ House, Newark
Blessed Sacrament Church, Newark 2,963 67% 33%
Bloomfield Church on the Green 2,172 62% 38%
Church Women United Food Pantry, Irvington 2,594 67% 33%
Elizabeth Ave. Presbyterian Church, Newark 1,349 92% 8%
First Hopewell Baptist Church, Newark 6,670 70% 30%
First Seventh Day Adventist Church, Montclair 3,567 61% 39%
Holy Trinity Episcopal Church,  West Orange 5,980 60% 40%
Holy Trinity Lutheran Church, East Orange 1,482 53% 47%
Interfaith Food Pantry, Orange 27,261 58% 42%
Our Lady of Sorrows Church, South Orange 18,800 64% 36%
Parish of the Transfiguration, Newark 7,012 78% 22%
Roseville Presbyterian, Newark 5,153 67% 33%
St. James A.M.E. Church, Newark 10,637 60% 40%
St. Joseph’s Church, Maplewood 3,317 65% 35%
St. Mary’s Church/Pierre Toussaint, Newark

Total number of people served








Each MEND pantry provides fresh, canned and staple foods for those in need, and most also include personal hygiene and baby care products (as needed) within their emergency packages. Shelter is available at Apostles’ House for families. The following Mend pantries also have soup kitchens: First Hopewell Baptist Church, Blessed Sacrament Church, Elizabeth Avenue Presbyterian Church, Parish of the Transfiguration, and St. James A.M.E. Church.