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


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.