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 Impact

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Number of member food pantries in MEND’s network

391,000+

Number of people served through MEND programs in 2022.

36%

Percentage of people served who are children

$4.07

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

12%

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

91%

Percentage of fresh food purchased by MEND.