How You Can Help Your Neighbors During this Crisis
As we face the current crisis impacting all our lives, I want to let you know what we’re doing at Center for Food Action to continue serving those in our community who need help to put food on their tables. If you can help us continue this vital work, it would go a long way in making sure folks don’t go hungry.
Like every business and organization, CFA finds itself in uncharted territory. Over the past several weeks, we have entirely changed our distribution model to operate with substantially fewer volunteers, and in accordance with new social distancing procedures We have implemented an emergency food distribution system to help as many people as possible while keeping our clients, volunteers and staff safe. The new appointment-only, drive-up distribution is working well. This week we have been able to provide hundreds of families with meat, eggs, cheese, fresh produce, toilet paper and thanks to Community Food Bank of New Jersey a box containing canned goods and non-perishable items designed to create forty meals. The smiles and waves we’ve received from our clients are heartening. To continue getting food to those in need, we really need your help.
We believe this new approach will meet our goal of a flexible and reasonable immediate response to the crisis and enable us to help the most vulnerable members of the community with emergency food assistance. We anticipate the need will increase as more people find themselves working reduced hours or out of work, and if working, needing to cover additional childcare costs since schools are closed.
Access to funds is of critical importance during the upcoming weeks because we must purchase food in bulk for streamlined distribution. This crisis will be with us for months, not weeks, so we ask you, our supporters, our fellow champions against hunger, to help with a monetary gift.
HOW YOU CAN HELP
If you would like to help, CFA is in urgent need of funds and supermarket gift cards. While we have always welcomed and relied on food donations from the community, we currently do not have enough staff and volunteers to process food donations. Monetary gifts enable us to buy large quantities of the items we need most and eliminate the need to date, sort, and inspect food donations. Hopefully, at the end of this crisis, we will be the recipient of the communities’ unused canned goods and paper products!
To make a donation of funds, please use the button below or make a gift by mail. Both checks and grocery gift cards should be mailed to: Center for Food Action, 192 W. Demarest Ave., Englewood, NJ 07631. Please note that mailed receipts will be slightly delayed due to the crisis.