MONTCLAIR, NJ — The following news release comes courtesy of a Patch Montclair community member. Learn more about posting announcements or events to your local Patch site.
Montclair Councilor-at-Large Peter Yacobellis has launched an online fundraiser for the Human Needs Food Pantry, calling on the public to help make sure local children and families have access to food and proper nutrition during these uncertain economic times.
The link to make donations can be found at Councilor Yacobellis’ Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/councilmanpeter.yacobellis.7 or residents may also donate directly at http://www.humanneedsfoodpantry.org/donate
According to Feeding America, one in nine New Jersey children lived with food insecurity or hunger prior to the pandemic. The Human Needs Food Pantry, located in Montclair, has experienced a dramatic increase in the demand for its services in the wake of the COVID-19 crisis, registering 850 new households since the onset of the pandemic. The HNFP is currently seeing clients from all parts of the state and different counties. Due to the health risks associated with the pandemic, the pantry has been unable to accept donations of food and clothing and is in urgent need of cash donations so that it can directly purchase the groceries and supplies its clients need.
“This year, 2020, has undoubtedly been a trying year for all of us, but much more so for families who struggle to make ends meet,” Councilor Yacobellis said. “Across New Jersey, food banks and soup kitchens are dealing with significant increases in the numbers of people and families they are serving. I want to encourage residents who can afford to do so to join me in making monetary donations to the Human Needs Food Pantry,” he said.
Patch has partnered with Feeding America to help raise awareness on behalf of the millions of Americans facing hunger. Feeding America, which supports 200 food banks across the country, estimates that in 2020, more than 54 million Americans will not have enough nutritious food to eat due to the effects of the coronavirus pandemic. This is a Patch social good project; Feeding America receives 100 percent of donations. Find out how you can donate in your community or find a food pantry near you.
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