Center for Food Action Update – May 5, 2020
from Patricia Espy, Executive Director
So much has changed since early March, which now seems a lifetime ago. I never could have imagined a time when Center for Food Action required clients to wait in their vehicles, while staff and volunteers put food into their trunks. Who would have thought we’d ask people, who had walked to our sites, to stand back until the food was placed in their cart? It’s unbelievable that our welcoming smiles must be hidden behind masks.
So, while we have had to change our approach, our mission remains the same – getting food to people who need it. And that is exactly what we are doing. As I write this, CFA has already provided 3,000 households – 8,400 people with food during this crisis. As many of our neighbors exhaust their savings, have their hours reduced, or lose their jobs, CFA is making sure they do not also go hungry. For the elderly, those with weakened immune systems, and those in quarantine, we are delivering to their doorsteps.
CFA has an incredible team of employees and volunteers working on the front line of this pandemic, making sure people have access to food and other resources. We know the need will only increase in the weeks and months to come.
Your help allows us to continue our vital work and goes a long way in making sure folks don’t go hungry.
HOW YOU CAN HELP
If you would like to help, CFA is in urgent need of funds and grocery gift cards. While we have always welcomed and relied on food donations from the community, we currently do not have enough staff and volunteers to process food donations. Monetary gifts enable us to buy large quantities of the items we need most and eliminate the need to date, sort, and inspect food donations. Hopefully, at the end of this crisis, we will be the recipient of the communities’ unused canned goods and paper products!
To make a donation of funds, please use the button below or make a gift by mail. Both checks and grocery gift cards should be mailed to: Center for Food Action, 192 W. Demarest Ave., Englewood, NJ 07631. Please note that mailed receipts will be slightly delayed due to the crisis.
If you, or someone you know, need food assistance, please follow this link to request an appointment.