Get Involved


Volunteer with MEND in 2024!

Make 2024 your year to volunteer! Click the Sign Up Genius Link (below) for a list of volunteer opportunities with MEND in 2024.

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MEND mobile market at Maplewood Senior Center.

Donate Food and/or Essential Items

Essential Needs Drives

You can support patrons of MEND food pantries, mobile markets and home deliveries by hosting a drive to collect essential items like personal care products or cooking essentials, such as oil and spices. To get started, please contact Shayna Schmidt at or 862.250.5216, ext. 702, to plan your drive!

How to Donate Fresh Food and/or Harvest Donations

Do you have fresh, high-quality produce you’d like to donate to benefit the patrons of the MEND network? If so, please complete this form and a MEND staff member will be in touch shortly.

Raise Awareness (& Funds)

Interested in spreading the word about MEND?

We’d welcome your time and efforts as a MEND Ambassador! Please email ( to let us know how you’d like to help!

Interested in raising funds for MEND? Every dollar helps!

Use this toolkit to create your own fundraiser!

Use this Fundraising Toolkit!

Learn & Advocate

Want to learn more about hunger in our community, and other ways to take action and advocate for change?

Here are links to the NJ Economic Development Authority’s food desert designation methodology, as well as to like-missioned governmental offices, organizations, and coalitions who are working collaboratively and collectively toward solving this issue:

NJEDA Food Desert Designation Methodology (2022) NJ Office of the Food Security Advocate (LinkedIn page) NJ Food Democracy Collaborative (State-wide Food System Collaborative)   Hunger Free NJ (NJ Advocacy Opportunities)   Food Research and Action Center (National Advocacy Opportunities)

Stay Informed

Sign up for our bi-monthly newsletter to stay informed about MEND’s current partners and programs, and all the ways you can contribute to healthy hunger relief in our community!