New Jersey Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (NJAND)
NJAND selected MEND as its community service partner
NJAND worked with MEND to revise our food drive communications materials to stress the need for fresh and healthy food donations.
A representative from NJAND trained food pantry managers about healthy, cost-neutral food substitutions they could purchase for their pantries.
NJAND hosted a “Be Smart for Your Heart Health” cooking demo class at a MEND food pantry.
Free Farm Market Pilot with MEND
America’s Grow-a-Row piloted a Free Farm Market at one of the MEND food pantries during the summer and fall of 2017, providing 3,880 pounds of free, fresh produce to our patrons. MEND and America’s Grow-a-Row plan to continue this partnership in 2018.
Group One Investments and Junior League of the Oranges and Short Hills
The Green Bean
MEND received a donated school bus from Group One Investments, LLC. With the help of the Junior League of the Oranges and Short Hills, the bus is being converted for use as a mobile food collection vehicle and food pantry.
Amp Your Good LLC
Through its #GiveHealthy campaign, Amp Your Good LLC, offers an online donation platform for donors to purchase fresh and healthy foods, which are then scheduled for “just-in-time” delivery to MEND food pantries. This reduces the logistical burden on the pantries of transporting and storing fresh produce themselves, given their limited space and refrigeration options.Host a Food Drive
Maplecrest Moves Charities
Pantry Transportation Support
With support from Maplecrest Moves Charities, a division of Maplecrest Ford Lincoln of Union, MEND is able to offset some of its pantries’ truck rental costs to transport donated and purchased food, allowing the pantries to spend more of their limited budgets on much needed food items for their patrons.
28 Days Project
28 Days Project partners with MEND to provide feminine products to women in need. They provide supplies for 80 women each month, which we distribute throughout our network.
The Rotary Club of Madison
End Hunger 3.6
The Rotary Club of Madison hosted a one-day volunteer event last spring, End Hunger 3.6, where community members gathered to pack ready-to-eat meals, many of which went to MEND pantries.