Community Partner Spotlight: The Food Brigade

Founded in 2020 at the height of the COVID-19 pandemic, The Food Brigade provides prepared meals, as well as fresh and packaged foods, to neighbors in need in Bergen County. The organization is a relatively new CFBNJ community partner and a grant recipient through our Network Investment Initiative.  

With the funds received, they were able to expand their pantry and food distribution operations by purchasing essentials like freezers, pallet jacks, shelving units, hand trucks, freezer blankets, and winterization items.  

“This grant has truly provided the bedrock of our organization,” they said. “The support and partnership of CFBNJ has empowered The Food Brigade to become a hub for hunger-relief in Bergen County.”  

Bergen County has been hard-hit by COVID-19, with particularly high rates of infection early in the pandemic. In addition to distributing food during this time of greatest need, the organization has also provided diapers to struggling families through CFBNJ’s diaper program.  

One neighbor who’s back on their feet after having received help from The Food Brigade during the pandemic anonymously expressed their gratitude.  

“I wanted to thank you so much for helping me and my family through a hard time,” they said. “I finally found a job. I thank you from the bottom of my heart.”