MEND Stories

Meeting Essential Needs with Dignity

MEND is an interfaith network of 20 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 has been interviewed by Danielle Perrotta for her “SipinSOMA” podcast

MEND Impact

20

Number of member food pantries in MEND’s network

167,427

Number of people served by MEND pantries in 2019

36%

Percentage of people served who are children

$3.92

Average meal cost in Essex County, NJ (versus SNAP benefit of $1.86 per meal)

Essex

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

235,839

Pounds of supplemental fresh and healthy food provided to date in response to COVID-19

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