“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 firstname.lastname@example.org. Thank you for your support in the fight to end hunger in Essex County!