All 70 municipalities in Bergen County are dealing with new realities brought on by the pandemic. Unfortunately, one of the most immediate and visible realities is food insecurity and the need to feed their residents. Many households cannot afford groceries for the first time in their lives and SNAP applications continue to rise after they nearly doubled during the initial onset of the COVID-19 pandemic.
In August 2020, Feeding America released a report to estimating a 71% increase in food insecurity in Bergen County, totaling 103,000 individuals. That means 1 in every 9 people in Bergen County do not have sufficient access to enough nutritious food; 30% of which are children.
Build a relationship with your local food pantry to fill their shelves according to their specific needs. Visit our "resources" page to find your nearest food pantry.
Spread the word about the ongoing levels of hunger in our community, and help your local pantry gain support from the surrounding communities.
Volunteer your time at a local pantry to help them organize donations and distribute food and essential items.