BERGEN COUNTY FOOD SECURITY TASK FORCE

About US

COVID-19 exacerbated food insecurity levels across Bergen County. On July 15th 2020, Bergen County launched the Food Security Task Force led by Commissioner Tracy Zur and the County Executive Office along with key leadership from local nonprofits and key representatives from across the County who manage food pantries and local meal distribution efforts daily. Together, this Task Force is charged with devising new solutions to ensure every County resident has access to healthy food options during this pandemic and afterwards. While there are over 80+ emergency food providers spread across the County, a recent survey indicated the majority of these sites are experiencing a 50% increase in clients since March 2020 with some sites now serving an increase of more than 200%. Many of these providers are reliant on private individual donations and supplies are quickly dwindling as they struggle to meet the new demand.

 

What is Food Insecurity?

Having limited or uncertain access to adequate supplies of food to meet nutritional standards. Hunger is a symptom of being food insecure. Prior to COVID-19, at least 1 in 14 residents in Bergen County were experiencing food insecurity, according to Feeding America. Today, we know from recent surveys that in a single week in Bergen County, up to 20,000+ people will rely on donated food.

The Bergen County Food Security Task Force’s Goals:

  • Ensure Households are Fed with Healthy Options
  • Keep Local Pantries and Food Distribution Efforts stocked
  • Create a Network Amongst Community Food Providers for increased Cooperation
  • Continuously Track the Levels of Food Insecurity across County
  • Connect our Food Insecure Population to a wider array of Social Services

Task Force Members

The Bergen County Food Security Task Force is a group of government, nonprofit, and civic organizations who have joined forces to combat food insecurity in Bergen County.

  • Bergen County Administration
  • Bergen County Commissioners
  • Bergen County Department of Human Services
  • Bergen County Meals on Wheels
  • Bergen County Board of Social Services
  • Bergen County Superintendent of Schools
  • Bergen County Technical Schools
  • Bergen Volunteers
  • Bergen Volunteer Medical Initiative
  • Bergenfield Food Pantry
  • Center for Food Action
  • Community Dinner Table, Palisades Park
  • Community Food Bank of NJ
  • Dumont Food Pantry
  • Family Promise
  • St. Cecilia's Office of Concern
  • Franciscan Community Development Center, Fairview
  • Glen Rock Gurudwara
  • Greater Bergen Community Action
  • Iglesia Cristiana Casa del Alfarero, Hackensack
  • Mount Olive Baptist Church, Hackensack
  • Helping Hands, Teaneck
  • Jewish Family Services
  • Meadowlands YMCA Family Success Center, Little Ferry
  • Garfield Police Department
  • Norwood Food Pantry
  • Russell Berrie Foundation
  • Table to Table
  • Triboro Pantry, Park Ridge
  • Bergen Family Center

Food Security Task Force: In Action

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BERGEN COUNTY FOOD SECURITY TASK FORCE

One Bergen County Plaza
Hackensack, New Jersey 07601

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