May 4 Zoom Session on Food Security
Check out the slides from the call here.
Food Pantry Grants
The New Jersey Pandemic Relief Foundation (NJPRF) is encouraging churches and other organizations that run food pantries to apply immediately for grants.
NJPRF already has awarded grants to 126 food pantries throughout the state. The purpose of the grants, according to the foundation is “to help stabilize the food distribution network that provides food security for more than 1,000,000 residents in vulnerable communities across the state.”
NJPRF has been set up by New Jersey First Lady Tammy Murphy and others and has raised more than $20 million to date “to marshal resources to meet critical needs and fight the economic and social impact of COVID-19 within New Jersey.”
Thirteen United Methodist Church-related food pantries have received grants of between $5,000 and $25,000 from NJPRF. They were among 118 New Jersey food pantries to have received grants.
“The COVID-19 pandemic and its resulting job losses have created a food-security crisis throughout the State of New Jersey,” noted Rick Reinhard, executive director of A Future With Hope, GNJ’s vital mission partner. “Our United Methodist Church-related food pantries are seeing a major increase in demand and at the same time must adhere to social-distancing regulations. We appreciate the First Lady’s and NJPRF’s attention to our challenges.”
Applications for funding are available at www.njprf.org . Deadline for the first round of grants is Thursday, April 30.
The application is simple and straightforward. Churches and other organizations should be prepared with the following information.
- EIN (Tax ID number).
- Description of organization including: your organization’s mission, programs and services, and demographic information about the population(s) served.
- Annual budget.
- Amount requested.
- Other grantors.
- Prospective use of funds.
- Pre- and post-COVID numbers of those supported.
Food Pantry Best Practices
For the safety of staff, volunteers and clients, we’ve updated the Guidelines for Food Pantries (updated March 26, 2020)
If you are unable to abide by these best practices due to the size of your food pantry or other reasons, consider merging with a larger food pantry or donating your food to a local food bank until the spread of COVID 19 is no longer a concern.
Food is emerging as a critical need in our communities. There are many ways you can help.
Host a Virtual Food Drive
- Host a virtual food drive for the Community Food Bank of New Jersey. Virtual Food Drives allows CFBNJ to serve more clients, more efficiently. It’s fast, easy and fun too! Learn more about virtual food drives here.
- Support local organizations by hosting an online drive for a charity of your choice via yougivegoods.com. You can host a virtual drive to support a wide variety of organizations, from those that distribute food to those that support homeless shelters or disaster relief efforts. They have an A+ Better Business Bureau rating. Learn more here.
- Host a virtual food drive for the Food Bank of South Jersey:
Ways to Support Food Pantries
Many of our neighbors in need are already feeling the economic impact of COVID-19, while others will find themselves struggling for the first time. Continued support is needed now more than ever. Give and encourage others at your church, work, and other networks to donate as well.
- Give to Community Food Bank of New Jersey
o Your company can help raise funds for COVID-19 response and our year-round hunger relief efforts by matching employee gifts dollar-for-dollar. If you’re interested in setting up a donation page for corporate giving, please contact Evelyn Chiu at firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Give to Fulfill Food Bank
- Give to Food Bank of South Jersey
Spread the Word: Together, we can help keep New Jersey fed, even during this time of crisis. Spread the word about your local food bank’s mission and needs to your friends, family, churches, and colleagues.
- Community Food Bank of New Jersey is currently accepting food donations at their Egg Harbor Township location, but NOT their Hillside location. Click here for more information. If your company or transportation service has an overage and would like to donate leftover product, please contact Gleny Herlihy at email@example.com.
- Fulfill Food Bank is accepting food donations listed here.
Donate hygiene items
- Fulfill Food Bank (Monmouth and Ocean Counties) is accepting hygiene items. View the hyperlink to learn what items are needed and how to donate.