Meeting Essential Needs with Dignity

MEND is a hunger relief network in Essex County, NJ, made up of over 40 food pantry and community partners. We work to advance health equity and influence systems-level change through collaborative, community-driven, innovative programming.

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MEND Stories

MEND Impact


Number of community partners in MEND’s programming network


In 2023, number of people served through MEND programs, 38% of whom are children


In 2023, percentage of supplemental food provided that was fresh


Percentage of population experiencing food insecurity in Essex County (vs. 10% in New Jersey)

4th highest

Essex County’s ranking of food insecurity within the state, by county


Percentage of MEND’s programming implemented within areas of Essex County where poverty rates are above the state-wide average