grocery-bagsTake action against hunger in your community!  This Saturday, September 24,  from noon until 4 pm, you can donate groceries to your local food pantries at select grocery stores near you.

“Our 16 MEND pantries continue to be strained by the growing number of our neighbors needing our assistance with basic food requirements. Last year we had a record number of 107,000 children, men and women served in Essex County,” commented Sharon Reilly-Tobin, coordinator of MEND. “Marginal income, employment instability, the rising cost of housing, or domestic violence can result in food insecurity. These events create a crisis situation that impacts the money available for food. Children and the elderly vulnerable. Providing healthy, well-balanced food packages is essential but not always possible when food supplies are low. Making a donation to the 25th Annual Action Against Hunger Food Drive will allow MEND to continue to assist the thousands of people who must turn to a food pantry for help.”  Follow this link for the complete list of collection sites throughout the area. Please contact Sharon Reilly-Tobin for more information sharon@mendnj.org. Thank you for your support in the fight to end hunger in Essex County!