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a Food Brigade operation in progress

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:

  • families & individuals using our drive-through food distribution operations in Dumont, NJ and Teaneck, NJ, and our home delivery service to those without cars;
  • the Dumont, NJ Food Pantry;
  • the Bergenfield NJ Food Pantry;
  • the Social Service Association of Ridgewood, which serves the communities of Glen Rock, Ho-Ho-Kus, Midland Park, Ridgewood, Waldwick, and Wyckoff, NJ;
  • Father English Community Center food pantry in Paterson, NJ;
  • the Center for Hope & Safety shelter for women and children (formerly "Shelter Our Sisters") and its safe houses;
  • Christ Episcopal Church food pantry in Teaneck, NJ;
  • Our Community Dinner Table in Palisades Park, NJ;
  • the Tenafly Senior Center in Tenafly, NJ;
  • Vantage Health System Group Homes in Ridgefield Park, Teaneck, and Bergenfield, NJ;
  • N.J. Food & Clothing Rescue in Little Ferry;
  • American Eagle Food Pantry in Lodi, NJ;
  • Families for Families in Wyckoff, NJ;
  • Tri-Arc Community Development Corp. in Hackensack, NJ & Teaneck, NJ;
  • Strangers Helping Strangers in Garfield, NJ;
  • St. Andrew's R.C. Church in Westwood, NJ;
  • Calvary United Methodist Church in Dumont, NJ;
  • Spring Valley United Methodist Church in Spring Valley, NY;
  • Church of the Good Shepherd in Bergenfield, NJ;
  • 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.

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


a Food Brigade operation in progress


a Food Brigade operation in progress

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:

  • families & individuals using our drive-through food distribution operation in Dumont, NJ and Teaneck, NJ, and our home delivery service to those without cars;
  • the Dumont, NJ Food Pantry;
  • the Bergenfield NJ Food Pantry;
  • the Social Service Association of Ridgewood, which serves the communities of Glen Rock, Ho-Ho-Kus, Midland Park, Ridgewood, Waldwick, and Wyckoff, NJ;
  • Father English Community Center food pantry in Paterson, NJ;
  • the Center for Hope & Safety shelter for women and children (formerly "Shelter Our Sisters") and its safe houses;
  • Christ Episcopal Church food pantry in Teaneck, NJ;
  • Our Community Dinner Table in Palisades Park, NJ;
  • the Tenafly Senior Center in Tenafly, NJ;
  • Vantage Health System Group Homes in Ridgefield Park, Teaneck, and Bergenfield, NJ;
  • N.J. Food & Clothing Rescue in Little Ferry;
  • American Eagle Food Pantry in Lodi, NJ;
  • Families for Families in Wyckoff, NJ;
  • Tri-Arc Community Development Corp. in Hackensack, NJ & Teaneck, NJ;
  • Strangers Helping Strangers in Garfield, NJ;
  • St. Andrew's R.C. Church in Westwood, NJ;
  • Mt. Zion Baptist Church in Leonia, NJ;
  • Calvary United Methodist Church in Dumont, NJ;
  • Spring Valley United Methodist Church in Spring Valley, NY;
  • Church of the Good Shepherd in Bergenfield, NJ;
  • 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/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:

  • 26 whole chickens
  • 100 lbs. of ham
  • 4 large boxes of cheese
  • 12 half-gallons of milk, 3 gallons of milk, & 3 half-gallons of chocolate milk.

food distribution by The Food Brigade

Our year-end numbers are in (plus a bit of January), and they are sobering.

From the date of The Food Brigade's incorporation (10/1/20) through Wednesday, 1/20/21, we distributed 707,967 pounds of food (354 tons) to those in need in our area, plus milk/chocolate milk. As we head into 2021, we will continue to expand our food distribution operations to help more people dealing with food insecurity in North Jersey and beyond.

OCTOBER 2020:
Total food distributed (including to pantries, social service organizations, women's shelters, & other relief groups): 46,432 pounds (21.2 tons)
Subtotal direct by The Food Brigade to families/individuals: 19,224 pounds (9.61 tons)
Total families directly assisted: 603

NOVEMBER 2020:
Total food distributed: 154,250 pounds (77.1 tons)
Subtotal direct to families/individuals: 21,675 pounds (10.8 tons) [not including turkeys]
Total families directly assisted: 570

DECEMBER 2020:
Total food distributed: 345,060 pounds (172.5 tons)
Subtotal direct to families/individuals: 54,900 pounds (27.5 tons) [not including turkeys & hams]
Total families directly assisted: 1,220

JANUARY TO DATE (through 1/20/21):
Total food distributed: 162,225 pounds (81.1 tons)
Subtotal direct to families/individuals: 34,380 pounds (17.2 tons)

OVERALL TOTALS DISTRIBUTED BY THE FOOD BRIGADE FROM 10/1/20 THROUGH 1/20/21:
Total food distributed: 707,967 pounds (353.98 tons)
Subtotal direct to families/individuals: 130,179 pounds (65.1 tons)


a Food Brigade operation in progress

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:

  • families & individuals using our drive-through food distribution operation in Dumont, NJ and Teaneck, NJ, and our home delivery service to those without cars;
  • the Dumont, NJ Food Pantry;
  • the Bergenfield NJ Food Pantry;
  • the Social Service Association of Ridgewood, which serves the communities of Glen Rock, Ho-Ho-Kus, Midland Park, Ridgewood, Waldwick, and Wyckoff, NJ;
  • Father English Community Center food pantry in Paterson, NJ;
  • the Center for Hope & Safety shelter for women and children (formerly "Shelter Our Sisters") and its safe houses;
  • Christ Episcopal Church food pantry in Teaneck, NJ;
  • the Tenafly Senior Center in Tenafly, NJ;
  • Vantage Health System Group Homes in Ridgefield Park, Teaneck, and Bergenfield, NJ;
  • N.J. Food & Clothing Rescue in Little Ferry;
  • American Eagle Food Pantry in Lodi, NJ;
  • Families for Families in Wyckoff, NJ;
  • Tri-Arc Community Development Corp. in Hackensack, NJ & Teaneck, NJ;
  • Strangers Helping Strangers in Garfield, NJ;
  • St. Andrew's R.C. Church in Westwood, NJ;
  • Calvary United Methodist Church in Dumont, NJ;
  • Spring Valley United Methodist Church in Spring Valley, NY;
  • Church of the Good Shepherd in Bergenfield, NJ;
  • Grace and Truth Community Church in Dumont, NJ;
  • First United Methodist Church in Ridgefield Park, NJ;
  • Built Together in Christ Church in Dumont, NJ; and
  • Connex4NPO in Westwood, NJ.

For more information, plus photos from the day's operations, please visit https://www.facebook.com/foodbrigadeUSA/posts/205118067988282


a Food Brigade operation in progress


a Food Brigade operation in progress

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:

  • families & individuals using our drive-through food distribution operation in Dumont, and our home delivery service to those without cars;
  • the Dumont, NJ Food Pantry;
  • the Bergenfield NJ Food Pantry;
  • the Social Service Association of Ridgewood, which serves the communities of Glen Rock, Ho-Ho-Kus, Midland Park, Ridgewood, Waldwick, and Wyckoff, NJ;
  • Father English Community Center food pantry in Paterson, NJ;
  • the Center for Hope & Safety shelter for women and children (formerly "Shelter Our Sisters") and its safe houses;
  • Christ Episcopal Church food pantry in Teaneck, NJ;
  • the Tenafly Senior Center in Tenafly, NJ;
  • Vantage Health System Group Homes in Ridgefield Park, Teaneck, and Bergenfield, NJ;
  • N.J. Food & Clothing Rescue in Little Ferry;
  • American Eagle Food Pantry in Lodi, NJ;
  • Families for Families in Wyckoff, NJ;
  • Strangers Helping Strangers in Garfield, NJ;
  • Rise To Inspire Ministries in Palisades Park, NJ;
  • Nuevas Buenas Church in Washington Heights, NYC;
  • St. Andrew's R.C. Church in Westwood, NJ;
  • Mt. Zion Baptist Church in Leonia, NJ;
  • Calvary United Methodist Church in Dumont, NJ;
  • Spring Valley United Methodist Church in Spring Valley, NY;
  • Church of the Good Shepherd in Bergenfield, NJ;
  • Grace and Truth Community Church in Dumont, NJ;
  • First United Methodist Church in Ridgefield Park, NJ;
  • Built Together in Christ Church in Dumont, NJ; and
  • Connex4NPO in Westwood, NJ.

For more information, plus photos from the day's operations, please visit https://www.facebook.com/foodbrigadeUSA/posts/200503698449719


a Food Brigade operation in progress


a Food Brigade operation in progress

On Wednesday, December 30, 2020, The Food Brigade distributed 67,500 pounds of food, plus 1,296 gallons of milk and 486 half-gallons of chocolate milk, to food-insecure families in Northern New Jersey and Southeastern New York.

Our recipients included:

  • families & individuals using our drive-through food distribution operation in Dumont, and our home delivery service to those without cars;
  • the Dumont, NJ Food Pantry;
  • the Bergenfield NJ Food Pantry;
  • the Social Service Association of Ridgewood, which serves the communities of Glen Rock, Ho-Ho-Kus, Midland Park, Ridgewood, Waldwick, and Wyckoff, NJ;
  • Father English Community Center food pantry in Paterson, NJ;
  • Christ Episcopal Church food pantry in Teaneck, NJ;
  • the Tenafly Senior Center in Tenafly, NJ;
  • Vantage Health System Group Homes in Ridgefield Park, Teaneck, and Bergenfield, NJ;
  • N.J. Food & Clothing Rescue in Little Ferry;
  • American Eagle Food Pantry in Lodi, NJ;
  • Families for Families in Wyckoff, NJ;
  • Strangers Helping Strangers in Garfield, NJ;
  • Rise To Inspire Ministries in Palisades Park, NJ;
  • Calvary United Methodist Church in Dumont, NJ;
  • Spring Valley United Methodist Church in Spring Valley, NY;
  • Church of the Good Shepherd in Bergenfield, NJ;
  • Grace and Truth Community Church in Dumont, NJ;
  • First United Methodist Church in Ridgefield Park, NJ;
  • Built Together in Christ Church in Dumont, NJ; and
  • Connex4NPO in Westwood, NJ.

For more information, plus photos from the day's operations, please visit https://www.facebook.com/foodbrigadeUSA/posts/195231652310257


a Food Brigade operation in progress


a Food Brigade operation in progress

On Wednesday, December 23, 2020, The Food Brigade distributed 67,500 pounds of food, plus 1,296 gallons of milk and 486 half-gallons of chocolate milk, to food-insecure families in Northern New Jersey and Southeastern New York.

Our recipients included:

  • families & individuals using our drive-through food distribution operation and our home delivery service to those without cars;
  • the Dumont NJ Food Pantry;
  • the Bergenfield NJ Food Pantry;
  • the Center for Hope and Safety shelter for women and children and its safe houses;
  • the Social Service Association of Ridgewood, which serves the communities of Glen Rock, Ho-Ho-Kus, Midland Park, Ridgewood, Waldwick, and Wyckoff, NJ;
  • Father English Community Center food pantry in Paterson, NJ;
  • Christ Episcopal Church food pantry in Teaneck, NJ;
  • St Andrew's Church food pantry in Westwood, NJ;
  • the Tenafly Senior Center in Tenafly, NJ;
  • Vantage Health System Group Homes in Ridgefield Park, Teaneck, and Bergenfield, NJ;
  • N.J. Food & Clothing Rescue in Little Ferry, NJ;
  • American Eagle Food Pantry of in Lodi, NJ;
  • Strangers Helping Strangers in Garfield, NJ;
  • Rise To Inspire Ministries in Palisades Park, NJ;
  • Mt Zion Baptist Church of Leonia, NJ;
  • Calvary United Methodist Church in Dumont, NJ;
  • Spring Valley United Methodist Church in Spring Valley, NY;
  • Church of the Good Shepherd in Bergenfield, NJ;
  • Grace and Truth Community Church in Dumont, NJ;
  • First United Methodist Church in Ridgefield Park, NJ;
  • Built Together in Christ Church in Dumont, NJ; and
  • Connex4NPO in Westwood, NJ.

For more information, plus photos from the day's operations, please visit https://www.facebook.com/foodbrigadeUSA/posts/191496092683813


a Food Brigade operation in progress

On Friday, December 18, 2020, The Food Brigade distributed 73,878 pounds of food, plus 1,512 gallons of milk and 486 half-gallons of chocolate milk, to food-insecure families and individuals in North Jersey and Southeastern New York.

Our recipients included:

  • families & individuals using our drive-through food distribution operation and our home delivery service to those without cars;
  • the Dumont NJ Food Pantry;
  • the Bergenfield NJ Food Pantry;
  • Father English Community Center food pantry in Paterson, NJ;
  • Christ Episcopal Church food pantry in Teaneck, NJ;
  • St Andrew's Church food pantry in Westwood, NJ;
  • the Tenafly Senior Center in Tenafly, NJ;
  • Vantage Health System Group Homes in Ridgefield Park, Teaneck, and Bergenfield, NJ;
  • N.J. Food & Clothing Rescue in Little Ferry, NJ;
  • American Eagle Food Pantry in Lodi, NJ;
  • Strangers Helping Strangers in Garfield, NJ;
  • Rise To Inspire Ministries in Palisades Park, NJ;
  • Calvary United Methodist Church in Dumont, NJ;
  • Spring Valley United Methodist Church in Spring Valley, NY;
  • Church of the Good Shepherd in Bergenfield, NJ;
  • Grace and Truth Community Church in Dumont, NJ;
  • First United Methodist Church in Ridgefield Park, NJ;
  • Built Together in Christ Church in Dumont, NJ; and
  • Connex4NPO in Westwood, NJ.

For more information, plus photos from the day's operations, please visit https://www.facebook.com/foodbrigadeUSA/posts/187288723104550


a Food Brigade operation in progress

On Wednesday, December 9, 2020, The Food Brigade distributed 63,600 pounds of food, plus 1,512 gallons of milk & 486 half-gallons of chocolate milk, to food-insecure families and individuals in northern New Jersey and southeastern New York.

Our recipients included:

  • families & individuals using our drive-through food distribution operation;
  • the Dumont NJ Food Pantry;
  • the Bergenfield NJ Food Pantry;
  • Father English Community Center food pantry in Paterson, NJ;
  • Christ Episcopal Church food pantry in Teaneck, NJ;
  • Mt Zion Baptist Church in Leonia, NJ;
  • the Social Service Association of Ridgewood, which serves Glen Rock, Ho-Ho-Kus, Midland Park, Ridgewood, Waldwick, and Wyckoff, NJ;
  • the Tenafly Senior Center in Tenafly, NJ;
  • Vantage Health System Group Homes in Ridgefield Park, Teaneck, and Bergenfield, NJ;
  • N.J. Food & Clothing Rescue in Little Ferry, NJ;
  • American Eagle Food Pantry in Lodi, NJ;
  • Families for Families in Wyckoff, NJ;
  • Strangers Helping Strangers in Garfield, NJ;
  • Rise To Inspire Ministries in Palisades Park, NJ;
  • Calvary United Methodist Church in Dumont, NJ;
  • Spring Valley United Methodist Church in Spring Valley, NY;
  • Church of the Good Shepherd in Bergenfield, NJ;
  • Grace and Truth Community Church in Dumont, NJ;
  • First United Methodist Church in Ridgefield Park, NJ;
  • Built Together in Christ Church in Dumont, NJ; and
  • Connex4NPO in Westwood, NJ.

For more information, plus photos from the day's operations, please visit https://www.facebook.com/foodbrigadeUSA/posts/179135637253192


a Food Brigade operation in progress

On Wednesday, December 2, 2020, The Food Brigade distributed 1,500 boxes of food for a total of 55,500 pounds, along with 1,080 gallons of milk and 486 half-gallons of chocolate milk.

Our recipients included:

  • families of students in the Dumont NJ School District;
  • the Dumont NJ Food Pantry;
  • the Bergenfield NJ Food Pantry;
  • CUMAC (Center of United Methodist Aid to the Community) of Paterson, NJ;
  • Oasis Haven for Women and Children in Paterson, NJ;
  • Never Alone Again women's resource center in Teaneck, NJ;
  • the Social Service Association of Ridgewood, which serves residents of Glen Rock, Ho-Ho-Kus, Midland Park, Ridgewood, Waldwick, & Wyckoff, NJ;
  • Christ Episcopal Church Food Pantry of Teaneck, NJ;
  • Hillsdale House low-income senior housing in Hillsdale, NJ;
  • the Tenafly Senior Center in Tenafly, NJ;
  • NJ Food & Clothing Rescue of Little Ferry, NJ;
  • American Eagle Food Pantry of Lodi, NJ;
  • Families for Families of Wyckoff, NJ;
  • Strangers Helping Strangers of Garfield, NJ;
  • Vantage Group Homes of Bergen County, NJ;
  • People to People of Nanuet, NY and the River Vale NJ Food Pantry, both courtesy of The Academy for Martial Arts in Orangeburg, NY;
  • Calvary United Methodist Church of Dumont, NJ;
  • Spring Valley United Methodist Church of Spring Valley, NY; and
  • Connex4NPO of Wyckoff, NJ.

For more information, plus photos from the day's operations, please visit https://www.facebook.com/foodbrigadeUSA/posts/175472997619456

Late in the afternoon on Friday, 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, the Brigade held a drive-through food distribution operation at Calvary United Methodist Church, providing boxes of food to over 300 families of Dumont school children. This free student lunch distribution was the focus of a video report by NorthJersey.com / The Record.
 


a Food Brigade operation in progress

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