MEND Stories

Meeting Essential Needs with Dignity

MEND is an interfaith network of 22 member food pantries located throughout Essex County, NJ.

MEND strengthens and supports its food pantry network by providing supplemental food, funds, volunteers, and a monthly forum for collaboration. MEND also advocates for policies to improve the quality of life for those in need in the County.

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MEND Impact

22

Number of member food pantries in MENDโ€™s network

397,892

Number of people served by MEND pantries in 2020

36%

Percentage of people served who are children

$4.07

Average meal cost in Essex County, NJ (versus SNAP benefit of $2.27 per meal)

Essex

County in NJ with the highest food insecurity rate in the state

258,124

Pounds of supplemental fresh food provided to pantries and patrons in 2020

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