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Feed the Children logo


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):

  • Distributed approximately 98.9 million pounds of food and essential items worldwide to benefit more than 10 million people globally.
  • Reached more than eight million children and families in the United States with distributions of shelf-stable food and essential household items valued at more than $445.7 million.
  • Benefited more than two million people in the international communities through its food, nutrition, water, sanitation, and livelihood programs in 8 African, Asian, and Latin American countries.
  • Helped 29,538 teachers across 482 U.S. school districts with more than $2.8 million in teaching supplies as well as books valued at more than $4 million to reach more than 803,500 students.
  • Provided more than 2.1 million pounds of food and supplies valued at more than $5.6 million to disaster-affected regions in the United States.

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.

cover of Bergen Magazine, November 2022 edition


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.


Food Brigade President Karen DeMarco interviewed for November 2022 edition of Bergen Magazine

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!


Order of Malta vehicle

Points of Light Foundation 2022 Inspiration Honor Role recipient Karen DeMarco of The Food Brigade


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.

Starbucks Foundation logo


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.)


Jimmy & Santy Baez, Food Brigade Union City pantry managers; President Karen DeMarco; Executive Director Carmine DeMarco

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!


students from Bergen County Technical High School in Teterboro, New Jersey

Daily Point of Light Award

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.

READ THE STORY HERE: https://www.pointsoflight.org/awards/breast-cancer-survivor-pays-it-forward-by-feeding-hundreds-of-families-in-new-jersey/


Food Brigade President Karen DeMarco, recipient of the Daily Point of Light Award from President George H.W. Bush's Points of Light Foundation

clients' custom orders placed through New Jersey's first virtual food pantry are assembled for pickup and delivery


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."


food order check-in station

employees of American Eagle Outfitters


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.


employees of American Eagle Outfitters

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.

BERGEN COUNTY:

  • Allendale
  • Alpine
  • Bergenfield
  • Bogota
  • Carlstadt
  • Cliffside Park
  • Closter
  • Cresskill
  • Demarest
  • Dumont
  • East Rutherford
  • Edgewater
  • Elmwood Park
  • Emerson
  • Englewood
  • Englewood Cliffs
  • Fair Lawn
  • Fairview
  • Fort Lee
  • Garfield
  • Glen Rock
  • Hackensack
  • Harrington Park
  • Hasbrouck Heights
  • Haworth
  • Hillsdale
  • Ho-Ho-Kus
  • Leonia
  • Little Ferry
  • Lodi
  • Maywood
  • Midland Park
  • Montvale
  • Moonachie
  • New Milford
  • Northvale
  • Norwood
  • Old Tappan
  • Oradell
  • Palisades Park
  • Paramus
  • Park Ridge
  • Ridgefield
  • Ridgefield Park
  • Ridgewood
  • River Edge
  • River Vale
  • Rochelle Park
  • Rockleigh
  • Rutherford
  • Saddle Brook
  • Saddle River
  • South Hackensack
  • Teaneck
  • Tenafly
  • Teterboro
  • Upper Saddle River
  • Waldwick
  • Wallington
  • Washington Township
  • Westwood
  • Woodcliff Lake
  • Wood-Ridge
  • Wyckoff

PASSAIC COUNTY:

  • Clifton
  • Haledon
  • Hawthorne
  • North Haledon
  • Passaic
  • Paterson
  • Prospect Park

HUDSON COUNTY:

  • North Bergen (north of 70th Street)

* partial coverage only in certain towns

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.


diverse people

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.

Alfred N. Sanzari Family Foundation logo

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.


Food Brigade President Karen DeMarco and Vice President Carmine DeMarco

Hunger-relief nonprofit The Food Brigade awarded over $200,000 in funding from FEMA

Grant funds will support local charity's programs to feed the hungry and food insecure in Bergen County

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."

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.)


ShopRite Inserra Supermarkets donates to The Food Brigade

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!


Food Brigade President Karen DeMarco with Marisa Atuso, Store Manager of the Starbucks in Park Ridge, NJ

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."


Food Brigade Trustee Doug Herrick

Food Brigade President Karen DeMarco addresses audience at the Realtors Care Foundation's annual grant awards ceremony on the state of food insecurity in Bergen County and northern New Jersey


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.

Pictured: Karen DeMarco, President of The Food Brigade; Maureen Mamunes, President of the Realtors® Care Foundation.

New Jersey Realtors Good Neighbor Award 2021

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/

Food Brigade President Karen DeMarco honored by New Jersey Realtors

Food Brigade President Karen DeMarco honored by New Jersey Realtors

Food Brigade President Karen DeMarco honored by New Jersey Realtors

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.)


The Food Brigade receives a donation from Alpine Ocean Seismic Survey, Inc.

Girl Scouts' donation


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.)


Girl Scouts' donation

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.


New Jersey Realtors Good Neighbor Award logo

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.

Read the article here: https://www.greaterbergenrealtors.com/news/2021/10/25/assoc.-update/greater-bergen-realtors-recently-recognized-karen-demarco-with-its-good-neighbor-of-the-year-award/


Food Brigade President Karen DeMarco wins Greater Bergen Realtors

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.


The Mayor and Council of the Borough of Bergenfield with officers of The Food Brigade

Food Brigade President Karen DeMarco receives the New Jersey Governor's Jefferson Award on September 12, 2021

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.

Karen DeMarco, co-founder of The Food Brigade, received a medal as a top honoree of the New Jersey State Governor's Jefferson Award for Public Service, at a ceremony on September 12, 2021 at Grounds for Sculpture in Hamilton, New Jersey.
 
The award's origin traces back to 1972, when Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, U.S. Senator Robert Taft Jr., and Samuel Beard founded the Jefferson Awards Foundation, to establish a prize for public and community service. It has been referred to as the "Nobel Prize for Public Service". The Jefferson Awards are given at both the national and state levels. Honorees of the New Jersey State Governor's Jefferson 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."
 
There were a total of 15 medals awarded to individuals across the state, plus 3 trophies given to organizations. DeMarco won top honors in the category of "Founders and Innovators".
 
DeMarco began her COVID relief efforts in the spring of last year, in response to the COVID pandemic and the resulting increase in food insecurity within our state. She started by personally cooking 1,800 meals in her Dumont kitchen for the sick, elderly, unemployed, and homeless. DeMarco soon expanded to food box distribution via contactless "drive through" operations, co-founding The Food Brigade in the fall of 2020. The extent of her organization's reach spread as she ultimately coordinated a cooperative network of roughly 30 other distribution partners to get food to those dealing with food insecurity - local pantries, women's shelters, churches, and other charitable groups and agencies. Between October 1, 2020 and July 1, 2021, The Food Brigade distributed over 2.3 million pounds of food for New Jersey residents in need.
 
"This acknowledgment is really a testament to our volunteers," said DeMarco. "None of the work of The Food Brigade would be possible without the time, efforts, and hearts of fellow New Jerseyans who support our mission. This Jefferson Award belongs to all of them as well."
 

Food Brigade President Karen DeMarco receives the New Jersey Governor's Jefferson Award on September 12, 2021

The Food Brigade recently reached another major milestone in our hunger relief efforts: 2,316,340 pounds of food distributed (1,158 tons) for those in need in northern New Jersey and southern New York State over the past 9 months.
 
While not an occasion to be celebrated, rather this 2-million-pound mark is a sobering indicator of the extent to which food insecurity continues to exist in our area.
 
Thank you to all of our donors, volunteers, and distribution partners who have supported our mission and selflessly worked alongside us with a common purpose, all of us keeping our "eyes on the prize". We firmly believe that many more people suffering from food insecurity can be helped when we all work TOGETHER, in a spirit of cooperation; that is why we pursue our mission through true collaboration and partnership, both internally and within our network of distribution partners. The aim should always - and only - be to help the greatest number of people possible.
 
2.3 million pounds of food distributed

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 assists the Norwood Food Pantry

Food insecurity continues to be a problem for many in Bergen County and across New Jersey. That's why we are pleased to announce that we recently received funds from the Community FoodBank of New Jersey's Network Investment Initiative, made possible with lead funding from the New Jersey Pandemic Relief Fund and its partners, to help us in the areas of capacity and winterization.
 
The Food Brigade Inc. is a proud partner of the Community FoodBank of New Jersey.
 
CFBNJ logo

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!

First Commerce Bank logo

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.

New Jersey Hunger Summit flyer

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.

leading donors of The Food Brigade

Our President, Karen DeMarco, has been commended by the New Jersey State Legislature for her service to the residents of Bergen County and northern New Jersey.
 
In a Joint Resolution of the State Senate and the General Assembly in Trenton, sponsored by Senator Holly Schepisi and Assemblyman Robert Auth, Karen was recognized for "her outstanding efforts during the COVID-19 pandemic". Calling Karen a "tireless champion of her fellow citizens with a long history of charity", the Legislature acknowledged her "feats of extraordinary kindness and understanding", calling her "a model to emulate and a standard of excellence toward which others might strive". The resolution saluted her formation of The Food Brigade and its "giving more than 1 million pounds of food to those in need".
 
"It is altogether proper and fitting for this Legislature to pause in its deliberations to acknowledge Karen DeMarco as a woman of strong character and exceptional determination. Be It Resolved by the Senate and General Assembly of the State of New Jersey: That this Legislature hereby lauds Karen DeMarco, pays tribute to her meritorious record of service, leadership, and commitment, and extends sincere best wishes for her continued success and happiness."
 
Food Brigade President Karen DeMarco

We at The Food Brigade are committed to supporting our network partners, and to helping to keep life as safe as possible for survivors of domestic violence and their families.
 
"We cannot thank you enough for your support of our center during a very difficult 2020. Your weekly donations of cases of fresh food, including dairy products, juices, fruits, vegetables, meats, and frozen foods has eased food insecurity within our community. Your donation actively works to make life better for those in Bergen County who are affected by domestic violence." ~ Center for Hope & Safety (formerly "Shelter Our Sisters")
 
letter from Center for Hope & Safety

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."

Food Brigade volunteers distribute prepackaged restaurant meals to those in need

Rev. Michelle White with Pres. Karen DeMarco

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.)

Rev. Michelle White and Pres. Karen DeMarco

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.

1,000,000 pounds of food distributed

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.

VIDEO: https://fb.watch/8m2Mi-3zRN/

For more information, plus photos from the day's operations, please visit https://www.facebook.com/foodbrigadeUSA/posts/227435119089910

Food Brigade volunteers distribute food in the snow


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