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Press Release
July 8, 2022
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30 New Jersey Nonprofits to Receive $17.5 Million in Grants Through New Phase of NJEDA Program Supporting Restaurants and Families in Need


Sustain & Serve NJ Program on Track to Purchase Five Million Meals from 430+ New Jersey Restaurants

TRENTON, N.J. (July 8, 2022) – The New Jersey Economic Development Authority (NJEDA) today announced plans to award grants totaling $17.5 million to 30 nonprofit organizations through Phase 3 of its successful Sustain & Serve NJ program. Sustain & Serve NJ provides eligible entities with grants to support the purchase of meals from New Jersey restaurants that have been negatively impacted by COVID-19 and the distribution of those meals at no cost to recipients. The additional $17.5 million in awards announced today brings total program funding to $52.5 million.

Sustain & Serve NJ launched during the pandemic as a $2 million pilot program to boost restaurants impacted by COVID and has grown into an over $50 million program that continues to bring much-needed food to people across New Jersey. Since February 2021, Sustain & Serve NJ has already supported the purchase of more than 3.5 million meals from over 400 restaurants in all 21 counties with grants totaling $35 million.

Phase 3 of Sustain & Serve NJ is funded by $10 million allocated by Governor Phil Murphy from the federal American Rescue Plan and approximately $7.5 million in State funding. Funding from this latest phase is expected to support the purchase of an additional 1.5 million meals.

“Sustain & Serve NJ has become a national model for addressing food insecurity, supporting small businesses that are the heartbeat of our downtowns, and providing funding to the nonprofit entities that deliver vital services,” said Acting Governor Sheila Y. Oliver. “Combatting hunger remains a top priority and it is more critical than ever that nonprofits have the resources they need to feed the people within their communities.”

“Throughout the pandemic, Governor Murphy has challenged us to employ innovative methods for supporting businesses, nonprofits, and New Jerseyans in need and Sustain & Serve NJ has been a tremendous asset in helping us meet that goal,” said NJEDA Chief Executive Officer Tim Sullivan. “We have an obligation to aid our fellow New Jerseyans who face food insecurity every single day. Nonprofit organizations and restaurants are critical allies in that mission and supporting them is an important part of our commitment to eradicating hunger, creating jobs, and fueling the economic growth and security of our state.”

Sullivan noted that Sustain & Serve NJ is a key part of the NJEDA’s efforts to strengthen the economic security of all New Jerseyans. The Authority is putting forth a multi-pronged strategy to eliminate food deserts within the state and to bolster the child care sector, an industry whose critical importance was highlighted during the COVID-19 pandemic. The NJEDA is also working with partners statewide to create a Maternal and Infant Health Innovation Center in Trenton as part of First Lady Tammy Murphy’s Nurture NJ initiative to make New Jersey the safest and most equitable place to give birth in the country.

“Real economic prosperity can only be achieved when everyone’s needs are being addressed, including the most basic need for food security,” said NJEDA’s Executive Vice President of Economic Security Tara Colton. “Sustain & Serve NJ grantees are extraordinary nonprofit organizations who are committed to feeding their neighbors and supporting their communities with respect and dignity.” 

Pending the outcome of final reviews, the NJEDA anticipates making awards to the following non-profit organizations to participate in Phase 3 of the Sustain & Serve NJ program. Organizations marked with an asterisk (*) are new to the Sustain & Serve NJ Program for Phase 3.

Organization Location of Participating Restaurants 
NameHeadquartersMunicipality(ies)County(ies)
A Need We Feed Inc.JacksonRed Bank, Manahawkin, Seaside Heights, Farmingdale Borough, Lakehurst, Toms RiverMonmouth, Ocean
All Access Community Development Corporation*HackensackBergenfield, MaywoodBergen
AtlantiCare FoundationEgg HarborGalloway, Ventnor, Egg Harbor, Galloway, HammontonAtlantic
Chef Lou’s ArmyManasquanManasquan, Wall,Monmouth
Coalition for Food and Health EquityJersey CityMontclair, Newark, Englewood, Jersey City, Kearny, North Bergen, LivingstonEssex, Hudson, Bergen
Newark Working Kitchens (Community Foundation of New Jersey)MorristownNewarkEssex
Congregation Bnos DevorahLakewoodLakewoodOcean
Eva’s Village, Inc.*PatersonHaledonPassaic
FoodBank of Monmouth and Ocean Counties (Fulfill)NeptuneRed Bank, Manasquan, Freehold, Asbury Park, Toms River, Seaside Heights, Neptune, Brick, Wall, Belmar, Long Branch, Holmdel, Ocean CityMonmouth, Ocean
Front Line Appreciation Group of Millburn Short HillsShort HillsMillburnEssex
HealthBarn FoundationLyndhurstRidgewoodBergen
HMH Hospitals CorporationEdisonNew Milford, South HackensackBergen
Joseph Kushner Hebrew Academy Inc.LivingstonLivingstonEssex
Meals on Wheels of Mercer CountyEwingPennington, Ewing, Trenton, Lawrenceville,Mercer
Metuchen Downtown Alliance*MetuchenMetuchenMiddlesex
Mid-Atlantic States Career and Education CenterPennsvillePennsville, SalemSalem
Morristown Rotary ClubMorristownMorristown, VeronaMorris, Essex
New Jersey Chaplains Association*LakewoodLakewoodOcean
New Jersey Farmers CooperativeCape MayCape MayCape May
Our Community Dinner TableSouth HackensackBergenfield, Englewood, Fort Lee, Palisades ParkBergen
Power Changes LivesMorris PlainsBergenfield, Bordentown, Bridgeton, Clark, Clementon, Clinton, Englewood, Englishtown, Freehold, Jersey City, Keyport, Linwood, Mahwah, Monmouth, Montclair, Morristown, New Brunswick, Newark, Ocean City, Parsippany, Princeton, Ringos, River Vale, Rochelle Park, South Amboy, Teaneck, Washington, Wayne, West WindsorAtlantic, Burlington, Bergen, Camden, Cape May, Cumberland, Essex, Hudson, Hunterdon, Mercer, Middlesex, Monmouth, Morris, Passaic, Union
Rescue Mission of TrentonTrentonTrenton, EwingMercer
Share My MealsPrincetonPrinceton, Skillman, Montgomery,Mercer, Somerset
Soup Kitchen 411 (FeedNJ)HightstownMontclair, Union, Hightstown, Belmar, Ringwood, Metuchen, Linden, Ewing, Englishtown, New Brunswick, Tinton Falls, Morristown, Hoboken, Toms River, Piscataway, Belford, Hamilton, Asbury Park, Freehold, Middletown, Jersey City, Roselle, Camden, Lawrenceville, Medford, Morristown, Penns Grove, Cranford, Englewood, Fairview, Perth Amboy, Vineland, Glassboro, Haddon, Newark, Raritan, Belleville, Summit, Sayreville, Eatontown, Princeton, Leonardo, Branchville, South River, Bayonne, East Brunswick, Wharton, Brick, South Amboy, West Windsor, Long Branch, Neptune, Monroe, Nutley, Netcong, Parsippany, Westfield, Scotch Plains, Red Bank, Elizabeth, Bradley Beach, Ridgewood, Shrewsbury, Wallington, Fairview, HaledonEssex, Hudson, Monmouth, Mercer, Passaic, Middlesex, Union, Ocean, Camden, Burlington, Salem, Cumberland, Gloucester, Bergen, Somerset, Sussex
Toni’s Kitchen, a food ministry of St. Luke’s ChurchMontclairMontclair, CaldwellEssex
TASK Inc (Trenton Area Soup Kitchen)TrentonEast Windsor, Ewing, Hamilton, Lawrenceville, Pennington, Princeton, West WindsorMercer
The Cliffside Park Hall of Fame FoundationCliffside ParkCliffside Park, Hillsdale, Northvale, River Vale, Rochelle Park, South Hackensack, Washington Township, Westwood Bergen
The Foundation for University HospitalNewarkBelleville, Newark, Rutherford Bergen, Essex
The Summit FoundationSummitSummitUnion
Family Food Relief of New Jersey (Tomchei Shabbos D’Lakewood)*LakewoodLakewoodOcean

About the New Jersey Economic Development Authority

The New Jersey Economic Development Authority (NJEDA) serves as the State’s principal agency for driving economic growth. The NJEDA is committed to making New Jersey a national model for inclusive and sustainable economic development by focusing on key strategies to help build strong and dynamic communities, create good jobs for New Jersey residents, and provide pathways to a stronger and fairer economy. Through partnerships with a diverse range of stakeholders, the NJEDA creates and implements initiatives to enhance the economic vitality and quality of life in the State and strengthen New Jersey’s long-term economic competitiveness.

To learn more about NJEDA resources for businesses call NJEDA Customer Care at 844-965-1125 or visit https://www.njeda.com and follow @NewJerseyEDA on FacebookTwitterInstagram and LinkedIn.

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