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August 24, 2021
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NJEDA to Award $20 Million in Grants to 29 Entities Statewide Through Phase 2 of Sustain & Serve NJ


Latest Phase Brings Total Program Allocation to Nearly $35 Million, Resulting in
the Purchase of 3.5 Million Meals from More Than 350 Restaurants  

TRENTON, N.J. (August 24, 2021) – The New Jersey Economic Development Authority (NJEDA) today announced that an additional $11 million has been allocated to Phase 2 of the successful Sustain and Serve NJ program, bringing the total for this round of grant funding to $20 million. The NJEDA anticipates awarding grants to 29 organizations statewide through Phase 2 of the program. This funding is expected to support the purchase of two million meals from nearly 300 New Jersey restaurants in more than 120 municipalities statewide. Through Phase 1 of the program, over the past five months, the program has supported the purchase of 1.5 million meals from over 350 restaurants with grants totaling over $14 million.

“The overwhelming and heartfelt response from organizations stepping up to support their local restaurants and their neighbors truly embodies the Jersey spirit,” said Governor Phil Murphy. “Restaurants are an essential part of our economy and their success is essential to our state’s recovery from the pandemic. Having so many entities leverage Sustain and Serve NJ funds to not only inject cash into restaurants but also partner with those restaurants to feed members of their community is an absolute grand slam.”

With Phase 2 of Sustain & Serve NJ, the NJEDA will provide $20 million in grant funding to entities throughout the state to support expenses directly tied to bulk purchasing of meals from New Jersey-based restaurants. Each awardee will receive a grant of between $100,000 and $2 million to fund these purchases. The entities will then distribute the meals at no cost to the recipients of the meals.

Governor Murphy signed legislation in June 2021 that, in part, allocated funding for Sustain and Serve NJ, enabling the NJEDA to open Phase 2 of the program. Due to the enormous interest from organizations and restaurants throughout the state, NJEDA is dedicating an additional $11 million in federal monies.

“From the outset of COVID-19, Governor Murphy has driven innovative programs to help New Jersey residents and businesses weather the economic effects of the pandemic,” said NJEDA Chief Executive Officer Tim Sullivan. “We are grateful to the Governor for strengthening New Jersey’s vital restaurant industry through initiatives like Sustain and Serve NJ. Bolstering this sector will help fuel our recovery efforts and propel our economy forward.”

In addition to Governor Murphy, Sullivan also thanked New Jersey Senate President Steve Sweeney and Assembly Speaker Craig Coughlin for their support.

Community leaders and legislators throughout New Jersey are applauding the Sustain and Serve NJ Program as a win-win for the state.

“Restaurants are among the small businesses hit hardest by the pandemic, and supporting their recovery is key to restoring the vibrance of our communities,” said Senator Dawn Addiego. “I can’t think of a better way to rally around the restaurant community while helping those in need than the funding model created by Sustain and Serve NJ.”

“The Sustain and Serve program is an innovative way to bolster the restaurant industry while supporting community members who need a helping hand during this difficult time,” said Assemblyman John Armato. “This funding will help countless restaurants in Atlantic City and beyond keep their employees on the payroll and continue to serve both residents and visitors alike. Our communities will be better off as a result of the ongoing implementation of this critical program.”

“The structure of Sustain and Serve NJ is smart and proactive in terms of the dual benefits it provides,” said New Jersey Restaurant and Hospitality Association President and CEO Dana Lancellotti. “In addition to helping restaurants keep their lights on and their workers employed, the program provides an opportunity for them to make a positive difference for their communities.”

“Community policing supports safer, stronger neighborhoods and the State Policemen’s Benevolent Association (PBA) is grateful to for the opportunity to distribute food purchased from local restaurants by FeedNJ to people in need,” said NJ State PBA President Pat Colligan. “The pandemic laid bare how many New Jerseyans are on the verge of food insecurity and being able to share meals is a wonderful way to build trust in our communities. The Sustain and Serve NJ program isn’t just helping to support restaurants and put food on some otherwise empty tables – it’s helping to preserve the dignity of some of our most vulnerable citizens.”

Newark-based Audible launched Newark Working Kitchens in April 2020 and has already distributed over one million meals within the community.

“The Sustain and Serve NJ Program has made a measurable impact on Newark’s local restaurants and residents most in need of support,” said Don Katz, Audible Founder and Executive Chairman. “The added grant funding announced today will provide more vital support for community members without enough food and independent small businesses, which have been able to stay open throughout the pandemic by cooking meals for Newark Working Kitchens.”

A full list of participating organizations can be found at the end of this news release. Organizations marked with an asterisk (*) are new to the Sustain and Serve NJ Program for Phase 2.

The Coalition for Food and Health Equity in Hudson County works with small businesses and organizations in its community to accelerate food, health, and economic equity within Black and brown communities. A $450,000 grant from Phase 1 of the Sustain and Serve NJ Program supported the purchase of 45,000 meals from local restaurants that the nonprofit distributed to food-insecure residents in Hudson County. 

“We founded the Coalition as a direct result of the needs we were seeing from community members affected by the economic upheaval of the pandemic,” said Dr. Leeja Carter, Founder and Executive Director of the Coalition for Food and Health Equity. “Our meals have been described as ‘truly a Godsend’ and ‘a blessing to families’. We are grateful that the Sustain and Serve NJ program will enable us to give tens of thousands more ‘blessings’ in the coming months.”

In Mercer County, the Rescue Mission of Trenton provides a safe, clean, and warm refuge for people within its community. It also offers healthcare, housing assistance, addiction treatment and job training to its clients. The organization provided nearly 76,000 meals in the past year. The Rescue Mission’s efforts were supported by a $100,000 grant during Phase 1 of Sustain and Serve NJ.

“The Rescue Mission has been part of the greater Trenton area for over a century and this year we have seen a significant uptick in demands we must address as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic,” said Trenton Rescue Mission Chief Executive Officer Barrett T. Young, MA, CADC. “The Sustain & Serve NJ program allows us to simultaneously broaden our reach while supporting restaurants in our neighborhood.”

Mid-Atlantic States Career and Education Center* is participating in Sustain and Serve NJ for the first time in Phase 2. The Salem County-based nonprofit focuses on building effective community partnerships, improving the health and well-being of its clients, providing hands-on career and job skill development for disadvantaged and disabled workers, and creating a sustainable, stable community.

“We have spent the past 25 years guided by the mission ‘We Grow PeopleTM,’ and that means taking a holistic approach to nourishing not just the mind, but the body as well,” said H. Glen Donelson, President & Chief Executive Officer of Mid-Atlantic States Career and Education. “We’re thrilled for the opportunity to partner with restaurants within our community to provide thousands of free meals thanks to the grant we are receiving from the Sustain and Serve NJ Program.”

Pending the outcome of final reviews, the NJEDA anticipates making awards to the following entities to participate in Phase 2 of the Sustain & Serve NJ program:

Organization

Locations of Participating Restaurants

Name

Headquarters

Municipality(ies)

County(ies)

A Need We Feed Inc.

Toms River

Farmingdale Borough

Lakehurst Borough

Manahawkin

Seaside Heights

Seaside Park

Toms River

Monmouth

Ocean

Asbury Park Dinner Table

Asbury Park

Asbury Park

Monmouth

AtlantiCare Foundation

Egg Harbor

Atlantic City

Egg Harbor

Galloway

Ventnor

Atlantic

Chef Lou's Army

Pine Beach

Manasquan

Sea Girt

Shrewsbury

Toms River

Monmouth

Ocean

Coalition for Food and Health Equity

Jersey City

Jersey City

Newark

Essex

Hudson

Congregation Bnos Devorah*

Lakewood

Lakewood

Ocean

Elizabeth Education Association

Elizabeth

Elizabeth

Union

FLAG for Cranford

Cranford

Cranford

West Orange

Essex

Union

FoodBank of Monmouth and Ocean Counties (Fulfill)

Neptune

Asbury Park

Atlantic Highlands

Belmar

Brick

Freehold

Holmdel

Long Branch

Manasquan

Neptune

New Brunswick

Ocean

Red Bank

Spring Lake

Toms River

Middlesex

Monmouth

Ocean

Front Line Appreciation Group of Millburn Short Hills

Short Hills

Millburn

Short Hills

Essex

HealthBarn Foundation

Ridgewood

Ridgewood

Bergen

Holy Name Medical Center Foundation

Teaneck

Bergenfield

Cliffside Park

Clifton

Garfield

Hackensack

Mahwah

Maywood

New Milford

Palisades Park

Paramus

Park Ridge

Teaneck

Washington Township

Wyckoff

Bergen

Gloucester

Passaic

Joseph Kushner Hebrew Academy Inc.

Livingston

Livingston

Essex

Meals on Wheels of Mercer County

Ewing

Ewing

Trenton

Mercer

Mid-Atlantic States Career and Education Center*

Pennsville

Pennsville

Salem

Morristown Rotary Club

Morristown

Morristown

Verona

Essex

Morris

Newark Working Kitchens (Community Foundation of New Jersey)

Newark

Newark

Essex

New Jersey Farmers Cooperative

Cape May

Cape May

West Cape May

Cape May

Our Community Dinner Table

South Hackensack

Bergenfield

Englewood

Fort Lee

Palisades Park

Bergen

Power Changes Lives*

Morris Plains

Elizabeth

Morristown

Morris

Union

Rescue Mission of Trenton

Trenton

Ewing

Trenton

Mercer

Share My Meals Inc

Princeton

Princeton

Skillman

Mercer

Somerset

Soup Kitchen 411 (FeedNJ)

Hightstown

Asbury Park

Bayonne

Belford

Belleville

Bogota

Bradley Beach

Branchville

Brick

Bridgewater Township

Camden

Cranford

East Brunswick

East Cranford

Eatontown

Elizabeth

Englewood

Englishtown

Fairview

Freehold

Glassboro

Hamilton

Harrison

Hightstown

Hoboken

Jersey City

Lawrenceville

Leonardo

Little Falls

Long Branch

Manalapan

Medford

Middletown

Millville

Monroe

Montclair

Morristown

Neptune

Netcong

New Brunswick

Newark

Parsippany-Troy Hills

Perth Amboy

Pine Brook

Princeton

Princeton Junction

Red Bank

Ridgewood

Rochelle Park

Rockaway

Roselle

Sayreville

Scotch Plains

Shrewsbury

South Amboy

South River

Summit

Tinton Falls

Toms River

Vineland

Wanaque

Washington Township

West Long Branch

West Windsor

Westfield

Wharton

Bergen

Burlington

Camden

Cumberland

Essex

Gloucester

Hudson

Mercer

Middlesex

Monmouth

Morris

Ocean

Passaic

Somerset

Union

TASK Inc (Trenton Area Soup Kitchen)

Trenton

East Windsor

Ewing

Hamilton

Pennington

Princeton

West Windsor

Mercer

The Cliffside Park Hall of Fame Foundation

Cliffside Park

Cliffside Park

Hillsdale

Northvale

River Vale

South Hackensack

Washington Township

Westwood

Bergen

The Foundation for University Hospital

Newark

Belleville

Newark

Rutherford

Bergen

Essex

The Summit Foundation

Summit

Summit

Union

Toni's Kitchen, a food ministry of St. Luke's Church

Montclair

Montclair

Essex

Tri-Arc Community Development Corporation*

Hackensack

Bergenfield

Bergen

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