Meeting Essential Needs with Dignity

MEND is an network of 23 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


Number of member food pantries in MEND’s network


Number of people served through MEND programs in 2022.


Percentage of people served who are children


Average meal cost in Essex County, NJ (versus SNAP benefit of $3.02 per meal)


Rate of Food Insecurity in Essex County (compared to state average of 7%).


Percentage of fresh food purchased by MEND.