Center For Food Action – Non Profit in New Jersey

Center for Food Action Honors Harry Chapin at Bergen Pac Event

Center for Food Action Honors Harry Chapin at Bergen Pac Event

About last night… Center for Food Action had the distinct honor of welcoming the Chapin Singers to the Bergen Performing Arts Center. This was a full-circle moment for our beloved organization as we acknowledge 48 years of service in northern, NJ.
You see, a grant from singer and activist Harry Chapin and radio host Bill Ayers was the seed money for CFA’s founding. These two men initiated a grassroots movement to combat and amplify the root causes of hunger, poverty, and injustice.
CFA board members Walton Clark, Lauren McGovern, Paula Giligan, and CFA staffers attended a special pre-show meet and greet Tom and Jen Chapin and band members before the show. As concertgoers arrived, they donated bags of food. The irony with this food donation is that many organizations host concerts and invite CFA to be the beneficiary of donated food, but usually, we don’t garner any food. But to our pleasant surprise, the Chapin Concert goers held true to the cause of combating hunger and food insecurity. When the night was over, we generated a sizable amount of food and donations using our QR code.
The Chapin family musicianship was exhilarating as they told poignant stories about Harry, his family, and his dedication to activism. For many, it was a walk down memory lane; the band played Cat’s in the Cradle and Taxi.
But the watershed moment for me and TeamCFA was the discovery that one of the women who worked a part-time second job at the theatre was facing eviction and was food insecure. The donated food was there, so she shopped and could take some much-needed staple food to help fill her cabinets so her 6 and 10 year old children would have sufficient food for the week’s balance.
CFA advocates are following up with her to provide further assistance. With tears in her eyes, she thanked us and confided that her family had not recovered economically since the pandemic despite working two or more jobs to make ends meet.
Our mission of preventing homelessness and hunger was being fulfilled right before our very eyes at a Harry Chapin concert.
Nicole Davis
Executive Director
Center for Food Action