The Food Brigade is pleased to announce that we have been named Best Nonprofit Organization in the "Best of Bergen" readers' poll by 201 Magazine. At only 2 years old, we are honored to have been in the company of the noteworthy charities who were among the finalists. Plus, it was great to see a Bergen County food security organization / food pantry be the type of charity to be so recognized. Thank you to our amazing volunteers who are the true winners of this acknowledgement; to the readers of 201 Magazine, The Record, and NorthJersey.com for voting for us; to 201 Magazine and its staff; and to our friends and supporters at IKEA. (Pictured: Food Brigade President and Co-Founder Karen DeMarco; Executive Director and Co-Founder Carmine DeMarco.)
VIEW THE VIDEO: https://www.youtube.com/shorts/VI1FGVqdpVU
On Monday, January 30, 2023, The Food Brigade held a registration drive at the organization's new Union City distribution location. This new Food Brigade food pantry will serve residents of Hudson County, including Union City, North Bergen, Jersey City, and West New York. The registration event included the distribution of 1,100 meals to local residents dealing with food insecurity, including stewed chicken with rice, roasted pork with rice, chicken teriyaki with rice, and pasta and meatballs. The meals were provided by Lula's Latin Cuisine of Bergenfield and Cassie's Pizzeria & Restaurant of Englewood.
At only a little over two years old, The Food Brigade is honored to have been nominated - and named as a finalist - for Best Nonprofit Organization in the 17th annual "Best of Bergen Community Choice Awards" by 201 Magazine and NorthJersey.com. The awards celebrate and recognize "the best [Bergen County] has to offer". The winner will be announced in the March 2023 issue of 201 Magazine.
We say it often: the strength of The Food Brigade lies in our volunteers. They seek to fill not just our recipients' bellies, but their hearts as well. Click below to hear a great example of how our volunteers treat our recipients: with caring, kindness, and love.
[Partial transcript:] "The two volunteers that came to my house today just made me feel so happy and overwhelmed with love ... and that is something that you cannot just give, that's something that has to be SHOWN - and it was shown to me today."
On January 17/18, The Food Brigade was fortunate to distribute 285 dozen eggs to local residents in need. Many New Jerseyans have been dealing with greatly-increased prices for eggs, and some dealing with food insecurity have not been able to purchase eggs at all.
These are the words about Food Brigade President Karen DeMarco stated on the website of the New Jersey State Governor's Volunteerism Awards.
Honorees of the Volunteerism Award "achieve measurable community impact and represent outstanding acts of public service, without the expectation of recognition or compensation. Recipients demonstrate unique vision, dedication and tenacity of heroic proportion and serve as inspiration for others." Over the past 16 years, around 300 medals have been awarded to New Jersey residents out of more than 10,000 nominations made.
Read more at https://njgovernorsawards.com/karen-demarco.
We at The Food Brigade are privileged to have the most amazing, caring volunteers supporting the work of our organization. In the below video, two of our home delivery drivers, "Road Warriors" Beth & Gabi Eimbinder (a mother-daughter team), baked and delivered a cake to one of our clients to celebrate her 92nd birthday! Thank you, Beth & Gabi, for all that you do on behalf of the homebound, food insecure residents in northern New Jersey.
On Sunday, December 4, 2022, The Food Brigade's President, Karen DeMarco, and Executive Director, Carmine DeMarco, made surprise deliveries of supermarket gift cards and cartons of fresh eggs to a number of delivery clients in the City of Garfield, who lack the ability to travel to pick up from the weekly food distribution events.
On a rainy Saturday, December 3, 2022, The Food Brigade's co-founders, Karen DeMarco (President) and Carmine DeMarco (Executive Director), made surprise deliveries of supermarket gift cards and cartons of fresh eggs to a number of delivery clients in Hackensack, Elmwood Park, Fair Lawn, and Maywood, who lack the ability to travel to pick up from the weekly on-site food distributions.
Facebook / Meta recently donated 15 Meta Portal Go devices (10" screen), for use by The Food Brigade in video-conferencing and virtual meetings. These wireless, portable smart video devices have Alexa built in, and work with Zoom, Microsoft Teams, Webex, GoTo Meeting, and more. They will be used for monthly team meetings and for Board of Trustees meetings. Thank you to Facebook for its general donation!
On Saturday, November 26, 2022, the Knights of Columbus St. John's Council No. 1345 held a special Thanksgiving dinner for our neighbors in need in Dumont and Bergenfield. Thank you, Knights and Columbiettes!
The Food Brigade has been selected to become a local partner agency of Feed the Children, the international hunger-relief organization. This relationship will provide new, additional sources of food for The Food Brigade and its clients.
In 2021, Feed the Children, working through its partners (like The Food Brigade):
The Food Brigade looks forward to working together as partners with Feed the Children, to help feed even more New Jersey residents dealing with hunger and food insecurity.
On Tuesday, November 15, 2022, Columbia Bank employees joined The Food Brigade for their "Week of Giving" campaign, assembling bags of groceries for distribution to our clients the following day and helping to bring into our pantry the week's delivery from the Community FoodBank of New Jersey.
Food Brigade President Karen DeMarco was interviewed for the November 2022 edition of Bergen Magazine:
"While the deadliness of the pandemic has waned, many of its effects are still with us, including issues plaguing the global supply chain and a worker shortage that's affected multiple sectors of the economy, from farming to food processing to transportation. Transportation, says DeMarco, 'has become a huge problem, in part because of rising prices. Instead of sending out a half-filled tractor-trailer, companies are waiting until a truck is full to send it out. So what happens is you have a lot of feast and famine - you'll get a huge amount and then, suddenly, there's nothing.'"
Click here to read the article.
The Food Brigade is pleased to announce our new collaboration with the Order of Malta. Tracing back to 1099 and formally known as the Sovereign Military Order of Malta, and considered a sovereign entity under international law, the Order provides assistance with humanitarian and international humanitarian relations. The Order will be providing pickup services for some of our orders from The Community FoodBank of New Jersey. Thank you, Knights of Malta, for your support and your partnership!
The Food Brigade's President, Karen DeMarco, has been named to the Points of Light Foundation's 2022 Inspiration Honor Roll.
The Points of Light Foundation was founded by U.S. President George H.W. Bush, who in his inaugural address invoked the image of a "thousand points of light" and invited the nation to serve their fellow citizens.
The Inspiration Honor Roll was created to celebrate acts of service, kindness, and civic engagement by individuals who create change in communities around the world. It recognizes the people who take action, in both large and small ways, to improve the lives of others.
We at The Food Brigade congratulate Karen on having the honor of this distinction bestowed upon her.
The Food Brigade is the recent recipient of a generous donation from the Starbucks Foundation's Neighborhood Grants program. The Neighborhood Grants program supports grassroots, community-led nonprofit organizations through catalytic investments in the form of grants of up to $10,000. The grant to The Food Brigade was one of 1,700 grants totaling $2.5 million; for a full list of grantees, click here. Thank you to Starbucks, and the Starbucks Foundation, for your support of The Food Brigade's mission.
The Food Brigade will soon be opening our second food distribution location. Located on 23rd Street in Union City, this upcoming pantry is the realization of our goal to open a physical location in Hudson County, to be able to serve people in need in that area. Over 2,000 square feet, the building has two loading bays and a parking lot that can fit 10 cars. It is anticipated that it will be operated as a supermarket-style "client choice" pantry, but it will also offer home delivery to people throughout Hudson County who are dealing with hunger and food insecurity. Thank you to Salvation Door Pentecostal Church, Rev. Carlos Matos, and the entire congregation for sponsoring us; and to our site co-managers Santy & Jimmy Baez for making this a reality. (Pictured: Jimmy & Santy Baez, Food Brigade Union City pantry managers; President Karen DeMarco; Executive Director Carmine DeMarco.)
The Food Brigade is the recent recipient of a generous donation from the multi-national Gattefosse Corporation. In addition to its financial support, Gattefosse also staffed on of our food distributions operations for the day, supplying volunteers from both France and the United States. Thank you, Gattefosse, for your trans-Atlantic support!
On Wednesday, July 20, our food distribution operation was staffed by students from Bergen County Technical High School in Teterboro who are part of the "No Matter What We Stand United" club. The group helps those affected by COVID-19 through service opportunities and food/clothing drives. Thank you to an amazing group of young people, striving to make our world a better place!
On July 19, The Food Brigade's weekly "picking & bagging" operation (where clients' custom orders are assembled for pickup and delivery) was staffed by 33 American and French friends from Gattefosse Corporation. They constituted the largest single volunteer group yet to date. Merci beaucoup to the Gattefosse Corporation!
Our President and co-founder, Karen DeMarco, has been chosen as a recipient of the Daily Point of Light Award for her volunteer service work with The Food Brigade. The Points of Light Foundation was founded by President George H.W. Bush, who in his inaugural address invoked the vision of a "thousand points of light" and invited the nation to serve their fellow citizens. In 1990, President Bush created the Daily Point of Light Award for individuals making a difference.
The Food Brigade is the recent recipient of a generous donation from American Eagle Outfitters. In addition to its financial support, American Eagle Outfitters also staffed one of our food distribution operations for the day. Thank you, American Eagle Outfitters, for joining us in the fight against food insecurity in New Jersey!
LOCAL FOOD PANTRY OFFERS INSTACART-STYLE ORDERING TO NORTH JERSEY RESIDENTS IN NEED
Clients of The Food Brigade place custom food orders online in New Jersey's first "virtual pantry" [as appears on Patch.com]
BERGEN COUNTY - A local hunger-relief charity recently launched a new initiative to offer greater food choices and options to North Jersey residents dealing with food insecurity.
Beginning in June, clients of The Food Brigade are now able to place custom orders online, selecting specific items from the nonprofit's Dumont food pantry.
"This is something we'd been planning and preparing for over the course of many months," said Karen DeMarco, President of The Food Brigade. "We wanted to increase our client's sense of autonomy and self-determination, while at the same time promoting privacy and dignity in the food-requesting process."
Clients of The Food Brigade log in to their accounts in the organization's online store, schedule their appointments, and place their orders. Available items include refrigerated and frozen items like chicken, beef, cheese, and eggs, as well as canned and packaged items such as shelf-stable milk, peanut butter, tuna fish, chili, and macaroni and cheese. The group currently serves people in need in nearly 90 North Jersey communities, offering home delivery for sick and shut-in clients who are unable to travel to the facility to pick up their food orders.
"The standard 'client choice' food pantry has clients walk in and pick the food they want off the shelves - but we wanted to move that process online and operate like a 21st-century pantry," DeMarco added. "We're happy to be able to offer our clients the convenience of picking out their items in advance on their smart phones, and then simply going to the pantry for pickup - or having their food orders delivered to their homes without the need to even visit the pantry at all. As far as we know, we're the first 'virtual pantry' in New Jersey."
On Wednesday, May 18, The Food Brigade's weekly drive-through food distribution and "pop-up market" were staffed by employees of American Eagle Outfitters. Items distributed included 1/2 ton of assorted produce, 194 lbs. of meat, 101 lbs. of dairy products, numerous non-perishable items from our pantry, 120 lbs. of Wawa sandwiches & desserts, carrots, broccoli, mushrooms, cilantro & chives, kale, and cookies, as well as 96 packaged dinner meals.
The Food Brigade is expanding its area of service and will be offering home delivery of food to people in need in the following 72 towns* in the counties of Bergen, Passaic, and Hudson.
* partial coverage only in certain towns
The Food Brigade has earned a 2022 Gold Seal of Transparency from GuideStar / Candid.
Transparency has been one of The Food Brigade's core values since day one, and the organization remains committed to that value as well as to diversity, equity, and inclusion, and the treatment of all clients with dignity, respect, and kindness.
The Food Brigade is committed to a diverse, equitable, and inclusive environment where all board members, staff, volunteers, and clients feel respected and valued regardless of gender, age, race, ethnicity, national origin, sexual orientation or identity, disability, education, or any other bias.
We are pleased to announce the recent adoption of our Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Policy, unanimously approved at The Food Brigade Board of Trustees meeting on April 7, 2022.
The Food Brigade is pleased to announce that we have been awarded a generous grant from the Alfred N. Sanzari Family Foundation.
The grant funds will make possible a dedicated program for the distribution of infant diapers, diaper wipes, women's sanitary pads, and women's adult diapers, to benefit disadvantaged families in Bergen, Passaic, and Hudson Counties.
We at The Food Brigade thank the Alfred N. Sanzari Family Foundation for its support of our organization. With this grant, we will work together to better the lives of women and children in need in northern New Jersey.
The Food Brigade lent its support to the Community FoodBank of New Jersey on Friday night, March 25 into Saturday morning, March 26, at CFBNJ's first annual 24-hour "Pack-a-Thon". Our shift assembled a total of 560 family pack boxes. The Food Brigade is a proud Partner Agency of the Community FoodBank of NJ.
Watch the video at https://www.facebook.com/watch/?v=529363328534865.
DUMONT, N.J. - The Food Brigade Inc., one of the largest hunger-relief operations in northern New Jersey, was recently awarded two grants by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security's Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), to support its food distribution operations in Bergen County.
"We're very excited that our organization has been chosen to receive these FEMA grants", said Karen DeMarco, President of The Food Brigade. "The funds will help us to feed even more residents of Bergen County who are dealing with food insecurity."
The grant monies are being awarded through the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) and the Emergency Food and Shelter Program (EFSP). Out of $1.9 million allocated to Bergen County under the two programs, The Food Brigade has been awarded a total of $201,200.
"We feel it's a good indicator of the impact our organization has had in the area of food security in Bergen County", said DeMarco. "Thanks to our incredible volunteers, we've gotten extremely proficient at getting food into the hands of those who need it the most, on a large scale."
Through its first full year of existence, as of December 31 The Food Brigade had distributed over 3 million pounds of food, over 62,000 gallons of milk, over 16,000 meals, and $25,000 worth of supermarket gift cards to local residents in need. The organization is based out of Calvary United Methodist Church in Dumont, where it maintains a food pantry, holds weekly "drive through" food distributions, and dispatches a fleet of volunteer delivery drivers. The group also helps to stock other local food pantries and relief organizations in the area. "We're like a combination food pantry/food bank/'meals on wheels', all rolled into one", DeMarco commented.
The organization plans to apply the grant funds toward programs for the distribution of food boxes and supermarket gift cards. Any New Jersey resident in need can apply to become a client of The Food Brigade by visiting https://foodbrigade.org/assistance.
The Food Brigade is a Partner Agency of the Community FoodBank of New Jersey, and distributes food available through such government programs as the USDA's Emergency Food Assistance Program (TEFAP) and New Jersey's State Food Purchase Program (SFPP).
"No child should ever have to go to bed hungry, and no one in New Jersey should have to deal with food insecurity, so long as there are resources like ours available", said DeMarco. "We plan to continue to expand our operations in 2022, so that we can reach even more people in need."
Although our primary mission is helping to feed New Jersey residents in need, on March 3 we delivered two pickup truck loads of hygiene products to the Ukrainian Orthodox Holy Ascension Church in Clifton for the Ukrainian humanitarian relief effort.
On February 28, The Food Brigade received another donation of over $3,300.00 worth of reusable grocery bags, zip-lock baggies, and produce bags, courtesy of the New Milford ShopRite supermarket, to use for our food distribution operations. Thank you to Inserra Supermarkets, Inc. for your continuing support as our partner in the fight against food insecurity in New Jersey! (Pictured from left to right: Assistant Store Manager Tim Herasimtschuk, Food Brigade President Karen DeMarco, and Store Manager Jose Marroquin.)
The Food Brigade has published its Annual Report for 2021. It can be viewed/downloaded at https://foodbrigade.org/about/annual-reports.
The Food Brigade was fortunate to be the beneficiary of a recent food drive by local Starbucks shops. Here, Marisa Atuso, Store Manager of the Starbucks in Park Ridge, NJ, delivers donated food to Karen DeMarco, President of The Food Brigade, on February 16. In addition to Park Ridge, food was also collected by the Starbucks locations in Closter and Northvale. Thank you, Starbucks and thank you, Marisa, for supporting The Food Brigade's work!
The Food Brigade is pleased to welcome a new member to its Board of Trustees! Meet Douglas Herrick, of Maywood.
Doug is a state-registered real estate appraiser with The Herrick Group, LLC. A past Maywood borough councilman deeply committed to volunteerism, Doug established the Maywood Volunteer Advisory Board and currently serves as its President. He is passionate that "volunteering bridges the political, social, and racial divide. Volunteers are the backbone that builds stronger communities."
Doug's experience includes nearly a decade with the Bergen County Community Action Program (CAP), where he ran the homeless shelter, the HeadStart feeding program, and the S.P.I.C.E. program which taught people to work in commercial kitchens (Doug himself holds an AAS degree in Culinary Arts). He has also served as President of the Rotary Club of Maywood and is currently its Executive Secretary.
Most recently, Doug is a Class of 2021 graduate of the BergenLEADS program, which focused on the problem of food insecurity as its main project. "I will always be a passionate advocate for those who are affected by food insecurity", added Doug.
As a Food Brigade Board member, Doug will chair the Fundraising, Donor Relations, & Grants Procurement Committee. "Doug’s background, knowledge, experience, and abilities speak for themselves", said Karen DeMarco, President of The Food Brigade. "As a Board member, Doug will be a terrific asset to our organization and its operations."
The Food Brigade was honored to receive a $5,000.00 grant from the Realtors® Care Foundation of the Greater Bergen Realtors® association, at the Foundation's annual grants ceremony on December 10, 2021. The funds will support The Food Brigade's work in the fight against food insecurity in Bergen County and northern New Jersey.
Pictured: Karen DeMarco, President of The Food Brigade; Maureen Mamunes, President of the Realtors® Care Foundation.
On December 7, 2021, Food Brigade President Karen DeMarco was honored during the annual New Jersey Realtors® Awards ceremony at the Triple Play Realtor® Convention & Trade Expo in Atlantic City. Karen is the first recipient ever to receive the "Good Neighbor" award at the State level.
DeMarco addressed the audience about the state of food insecurity in New Jersey and the work of her nonprofit, The Food Brigade Inc., and the critical role served by food pantries and food banks in New Jersey.
Read more at https://www.greaterbergenrealtors.com/news/2021/12/07/press-room/greater-bergen-realtors-good-neighbor-and-realtor-of-the-year-2021-award-winners-karen-demarco-and-frances-blakely-honored-by-nj-realtors-at-triple-play-expo-in-atlantic-city/.
On November 24, 2021, Food Brigade President and co-founder, Karen DeMarco, was featured on the front page of The Record newspaper for her work in feeding local families dealing with food insecurity in Bergen County and northern New Jersey.
On November 17, The Food Brigade received a generous donation from Alpine Ocean Seismic Survey Inc.. Alpine is a local offshore survey company working in the renewable energy sector. It recently joined the United National Global Compact and has started a Sustainability Initiative Committee. Thank you so much, Alpine, for supporting us in the fight against food insecurity in New Jersey! (Pictured below: Karen DeMarco, President of The Food Brigade; Kelly Stewart of Alpine Ocean Seismic Survey.)
On November 16, The Food Brigade received a donation of nearly 500 pounds of food for our pantry, in a food drive held by Dumont Girl Scout Troop 97213. Thank you to Troop Leader Kara Fraga for organizing the collection and arranging the donation! (Pictured above, l-r: Carmine DeMarco, Executive Director of The Food Brigade; Troop Leader Kara Fraga and scout parent Jackie Murray; Karen DeMarco, President of The Food Brigade.)
The Food Brigade's President, Karen DeMarco, was recently recognized with a statewide honor by the New Jersey Realtors® organization in Trenton. Selecting Karen as the first-place recipient of their 2021 Good Neighbor Award, New Jersey Realtors® said, "The volunteer efforts you have demonstrated on behalf of The Food Brigade serve as a model for both Realtors® and the community at large. You are proof that Realtors® do so much more than help buy and sell property." Karen will be honored at a ceremony at the Atlantic City Convention Center in December. New Jersey Realtors® also presented The Food Brigade with a donation of $2,500.00.
On Friday, October 15, 2021, The Food Brigade gave a presentation on food insecurity, and the importance of charitable service, to the River Dell Middle School Spanish Honor Society. In addition to their generous donation of both food and financial support, these amazing young people also prepared a taco meal in our honor!
On October 6, 2021, Greater Bergen Realtors® gave its 2021 Good Neighbor Award to The Food Brigade's President, Karen DeMarco. A Realtor® with Coldwell Banker Residential Properties in Tenafly, Karen was recognized for her "extraordinary commitments to improving the quality of life in [her] local and/or global communities through volunteer community service." In addition to the award, The Food Brigade will receive a $1,000.00 donation from GBR.
At the Tuesday, September 21, 2021 meeting of the Bergenfield Mayor & Council, the borough honored The Food Brigade for its work on behalf of Bergenfield's residents in need. With a proclamation in recognition of Hunger Action Month, the Mayor & Council presented The Food Brigade with a plaque "in grateful appreciation for your outstanding dedication and service to the Bergenfield Food Pantry and to our community."
Since the summer of 2020, The Food Brigade has been a supplier of food for a number of municipal food pantries, including Bergenfield, Dumont, and Elmwood Park.
Our President has been awarded the state's highest volunteer honors, for her work in founding a local nonprofit to feed the hungry throughout the COVID pandemic.
On Saturday, July 10, 2021, The Food Brigade was honored to receive an award from the Peruvian Civic Association of New Jersey for our service to the Peruvian community. We were privileged to be invited to their flag raising ceremony and celebration of the 200th anniversary of Peru's independence, at Peruvian Heritage Park and Monument in Kearny, NJ.
The Food Brigade's President, Karen DeMarco, was awarded a Congressional commendation as a "Hometown Hero" by U.S. Rep. Josh Gottheimer in Hackensack on July 9, 2021. Thank you to Congressman Gottheimer for acknowledging Karen's work on behalf of the food insecure in North Jersey.
The Food Brigade is pleased to announce that we have joined the AmpleHarvest.org Campaign to link local gardeners with neighborhood food pantries. It's a nationwide program to enable neighborhood food pantries to be easily located by local backyard gardeners wishing to share their excess garden bounty with neighbors in need.
The Food Brigade is pleased to announce that we have been awarded a generous grant from the ACME Market Foundation through its Nourishing Neighbors Summer Meals Program, part of their Community Relief Initiative. Thank you, ACME Markets, for helping us feed our children this summer. We're honored to be part of the Nourishing Neighbors family!
On Friday, June 25, 2021, The Food Brigade delivered 100 meals to the Norwood Food Pantry donated by Sweetgreen in Hackensack, courtesy of Table to Table and their new food rescue app. Pictured from left to right: Karen DeMarco, President of The Food Brigade; Joanne Scalpello, Director of the Norwood Food Pantry; and Rev. James V. Petroccione of the Church of the Holy Communion in Norwood.
The Food Brigade was recently mentioned in the July issue of BERGEN Magazine. Thank you, BERGEN Magazine, for helping to spread the word about our efforts on behalf of the food insecure in Bergen County.
The Food Brigade recently received a generous grant from First Commerce Bank. They also organized a food drive at their Closter branch to help stock the shelves of our pantry, with their "Shred Hunger" paper shredding event. First Commerce Bank also has local branches in Englewood, Montvale, and Teaneck. Thank you, First Commerce Bank, for supporting our efforts to help the food insecure in northern New Jersey!
The Food Brigade will be a panelist at the NEW JERSEY HUNGER SUMMIT, hosted by NJCU, on Tuesday, May 18, 2021. We are honored to have been invited to represent our region in this important statewide symposium on food insecurity. We will be presenting at 11:00 for the "Innovation and Sustainability" session, and then sharing info & answering questions at 12:00 for the breakout roundtable discussions. Featured panelists include Craig Caughlin, Speaker of the NJ Assembly; Carlos Rodriguez, President & CEO of the Community FoodBank of New Jersey; and Adele LaTourette, Director of Hunger Free New Jersey.
The Food Brigade has received a generous grant from Visions Federal Credit Union. Thank you, Visions FCU, for supporting our efforts to help the food insecure in northern New Jersey!
The Food Brigade recently awarded a Certificate of Appreciation to Nancy and Bob Meyer, for their generous $5,000.00 donation (in addition to their volunteer efforts on our behalf). Thank you, Nancy & Bob, for your support, which makes our hunger relief work possible! Pictured, left to right: Karen DeMarco, Food Brigade President; Nancy and Bob Meyer.
The Food Brigade in the news: https://patch.com/new-jersey/newmilford-nj/bergen-nonprofit-offers-free-prepackaged-meals-those-need.
Excerpt: "It's a win-win situation," said Karen DeMarco, President and Co-Founder of The Food Brigade. "Local restaurants that have been struggling due to the economic fallout of the COVID-19 shutdown will be able to get an influx of cash, to help keep their businesses afloat. And families and individuals who have been dealing with food insecurity will be able to receive delicious restaurant-prepared meals for free."
On Wednesday, March 3, 2021, The Food Brigade shared some of our resources with a fellow hunger relief charity, the Hope & Love Food Pantry of Christ Episcopal Church in Teaneck. The donation consisted of 120 jars of Rao's pasta sauce, a case of tomatoes, a case of mushrooms, a case of peppers, and packages of English muffins. We also donated PPE, including 250 adult disposable face masks, 250 children's disposable face masks, and 50 protective face shields.
Thank you to Rev. Michelle White, Johanna Keyser, and the rest of the wonderful volunteers at Christ Episcopal Church for the amazing work you do in supporting the people of Teaneck and the surrounding area. (Pictured: Rev. Michelle White, Pastor of Christ Episcopal Church; Karen DeMarco, President of The Food Brigade Inc.)
On Thursday, February 25, 2021, The Food Brigade reached a major milestone in our hunger relief efforts: 1,034,802 pounds of food distributed (517 tons) to those in need in northern New Jersey and southern New York State over the past 5 months. While not an event to be celebrated, this million-pound milestone is a sobering indicator of the extent of the need that continues to exist during this pandemic. Thank you to all of our donors, volunteers, and distribution partners who have supported our mission since its humble beginnings last spring.
On Thursday, February 18 and Friday, February 19, The Food Brigade distributed 44,640 pounds of food, plus 816 gallons of milk and 153 half-gallons of chocolate milk, through our network of Distribution Partners. Thank you to our volunteers and to our Distribution Partners for braving the storm to help feed the food insecure in northern New Jersey and southern New York.
Our recipients included: Dumont Social Services & Food Pantry in Dumont, NJ; the Bergenfield NJ Food Pantry; the Center for Hope and Safety shelter for women and children and its safe houses; Christ Episcopal Church in Teaneck, NJ; the Father English Community Center food pantry in Paterson, NJ; the Tenafly Senior Center in Tenafly, NJ; American Eagle Food Pantry of Northern New Jersey in Lodi, NJ; Strangers Helping Strangers in Garfield, NJ; Families for Families in Wyckoff, NJ; Tri-Arc Community Development Corp. in Hackensack, NJ & Teaneck, NJ; St Andrew's Church in Westwood, NJ; Calvary United Methodist Church in Dumont, NJ; Spring Valley United Methodist Church in Spring Valley, NY; Grace and Truth Community Church in Dumont, NJ; First United Methodist Church in Ridgefield Park, NJ; and Built Together in Christ Church in Dumont, NJ.
For more information, plus photos from the day's operations, please visit https://www.facebook.com/foodbrigadeUSA/posts/227435119089910.
On Wednesday & Thursday, January 27 & 28, 2021, The Food Brigade distributed 74,700 pounds of food, plus 1,430 gallons of milk and 408 half-gallons of chocolate milk, to food-insecure families in Northern New Jersey and Southeastern New York.
Our recipients included:
Our delivery drivers traveled to 17 different towns in 3 counties to bring food to those in need who lacked transportation to get to our distribution sites.
For more information, plus photos from the day's operations, please visit https://www.facebook.com/foodbrigadeUSA/posts/214452997054789.
On Wednesday & Thursday, January 20 & 21, 2021, The Food Brigade distributed 70,200 pounds of food, plus 1,614 gallons of milk, to food-insecure families in Northern New Jersey and Southeastern New York.
Our recipients included:
For more information, plus photos from the day's operations, please visit https://www.facebook.com/foodbrigadeUSA/posts/209788040854618.
On Friday, January 22, 2021, The Food Brigade provided meat, cheese, and milk for distribution to Dumont residents in need through the Dumont Social Services & Food Pantry. The delivery included:
On Wednesday & Thursday, January 13 & 14, 2021, The Food Brigade distributed 72,450 pounds of food, plus 1,420 gallons of milk and 234 half-gallons of chocolate milk, to food-insecure families in Northern New Jersey and Southeastern New York.
Our recipients included:
For more information, plus photos from the day's operations, please visit https://www.facebook.com/foodbrigadeUSA/posts/205118067988282.
On Wednesday, January 6, 2021, The Food Brigade distributed 67,275 pounds of food, plus 1,204 gallons of milk and 228 half-gallons of chocolate milk, to food-insecure families in Northern New Jersey and Southeastern New York.
Our recipients included:
For more information, plus photos from the day's operations, please visit https://www.facebook.com/foodbrigadeUSA/posts/200503698449719.
On December 15, 2020, The Food Brigade distributed brand-new children & adult winter coats to Dumont Social Services & Food Pantry and Calvary United Methodist Church in Dumont for local families in need. Thank you again to Bergen Volunteer Center for the donation!
Karen DeMarco of The Food Brigade (left) receives a donation of beautiful hand-crocheted items from Little Ferry resident Angela Leenig, for distribution to the needy during the holiday season. The items included baby blankets, scarves, shawls, head bands, and more.
On Thursday, December 10, 2020, Bergen Volunteers donated 50 brand-new winter coats (children and adult sizes) to The Food Brigade, which will be distributing the coats to needy families for Christmas. (Pictured, l-r: Debbie Emery, Manager of Community & Civic Engagement of Bergen Volunteers; Karen DeMarco, President of The Food Brigade Inc.)
On November 23, 2020, The Food Brigade was the subject of a photojournalism essay by NorthJersey.com / The Record, in connection with the Brigade's distribution of free food boxes to the families of children in the Dumont school system.
Click here to view the images: Food distribution for Dumont school children.
Late Friday afternoon on November 20, 2020, The Food Brigade learned that the Dumont School District had informed parents that the district was discontinuing its free lunch program for Dumont's school children for a period of two weeks while the schools were closed due to COVID. The Food Brigade immediately sprang into action to fill the void and make sure that every child attending the Dumont public schools would still receive a free lunch during that period.
On Monday, November 23, we held a drive-through food distribution operation at Calvary United Methodist Church, providing boxes of food to over 300 families of Dumont school children.
For more information, plus photos from the day's operations, please visit https://www.facebook.com/foodbrigadeUSA/posts/165851098581646.