Real Stories

Since last March, countless New Jersey residents have experienced the loss of crucial income from layoffs and reduced hours, as well as changes in their daily lives from the shutdown of businesses, schools, daycares, and after-school programs.  Marissa, who we met in the early days of the pandemic, was one such New Jerseyan grappling with these unforeseen changes.  “The adults in my Learn More

Children are among those most heavily impacted by the lasting effects of the pandemic, as food insecurity among kids has risen by a shocking 75%. As schools, after-school programs, and daycare centers have largely been closed, many children have been left without their most reliable sources of nutritious food.  For this reason, CFBNJ’s main priorities during the pandemic included elevating our child Learn More

Despite the unprecedented health crisis and a drop in food donations, St. Cecilia Office of Concern Food Pantry in Englewood, a pantry that got its start in 1980, kept its doors open through the entire pandemic. “We’ve stayed open throughout the pandemic because we’ve got to feed the people,” said Donald, Food Pantry Director. “Most of us Learn More