MEND is a hunger relief network in Essex County, NJ. We work to advance health equity and influence systems-level change through collaborative, community-driven, innovative programming.

  • Mission: To strengthen the health of our community by increasing access to fresh and healthy food.
  • Vision: We envision a community in which everyone has access to nutritious food and the ability to achieve their optimal health.
  • Values: Community, Diversity, Collaboration, Dignity

MEND’s Fact Sheet

MEND’s Latest Impact Report!

MEND’s History

How it Works

Infrastructure and Support

MEND’s Fresh Food Hub, located in Orange, NJ, serves as a centralized location for food sourcing, food storage, food transportation, staffing, and the majority of volunteer operations. The Hub was initially funded by a grant from Impact100 Essex in January of 2020, and is now sustained through ongoing fundraising efforts.

Responsive Programming

MEND works within and with the community to design and implement responsive programming. Formed in 1980, the heart of our work is our “Pantry Partnerships” program. Beyond the pantries, MEND works closely with a growing network of community partners to offer free fresh food markets and home deliveries of nutritious food.

Advocating for Change

MEND’s goal is to ensure everyone in our community has access to nutritious food. MEND leverages its role as a connector and community-builder to transform hunger relief from the ground up, by prioritizing, connecting, and amplifying the voices and views of those experiencing hunger and poverty.

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Watch Robin’s Story

Executive Director: Robin Peacock

A lawyer by training, Robin is a life-long advocate. After earning her J.D. from Villanova University School of Law, and her LL.M. in Taxation from New York University School of Law, she worked for nearly 15 years as a tax attorney for the IRS Office of Chief Counsel and Deloitte Tax LLP.

In 2015, Robin joined MEND as a grant writer. She became the organization’s first Executive Director in January of 2018.

Robin’s commitment to this work is deeply personal, rooted in her own experiences with hunger and poverty. She is passionate about transforming the “emergency” food model so that it is more responsive to the needs of the community, more connected to existing community assets and resources, and leading with dignity and respect as its guiding principles.

Join our Team!

We’re hiring!

Join MEND as our new Director of Development & Communications and work with fantastic colleagues while supporting our mission of healthy, nutritious foods for all.

Priority consideration given to those who apply by May 10.

Read the Job Description!