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 Stories

MEND Impact


Number of member food pantries in MEND’s network


Number of people served by MEND pantries in 2021


Percentage of people served who are children


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


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


Pounds of supplemental fresh food provided to pantries and patrons in 2021

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