Crates were filled to the brim with peanut butter, bags of rice, cereal, and other grocery items for the MEND (Meeting Essential Needs with Dignity) food drive in front of Maplewood Library on December 16, 2020.
The food drive was sponsored by the Maplewood Chamber of Commerce, with major support from JESPY. MEND has been working harder than ever to secure food donations for local food banks to address the tremendous insecurity in our area brought on by the pandemic.
Leading up to the food drive, monetary support and boxes and bags of items were donated by JESPY board members, staff, clients, and supporters as well as the Academy Heights Neighborhood Association of South Orange. The overwhelming amount of donations were enough to aptly fill MEND’s food drive van, affectionately known as ‘The Sweet Pea’.
Heading the charge for JESPY’s part in all MEND-related food drives has been JESPY’s Community Relations Supervisor Tara Roberts.