Health & Wellness

Hunger Awareness Month Is Here

September 7, 2013 at 12:34 AM

WEST ORANGE, NJ - Hunger in America...hunger in New Jersey...hunger in West Orange?  September is Hunger Awareness month, and while most Americans, including West Orange residents, have food to put on their tables each day, the overall numbers are staggering.   Over 12% of all New Jersey residents suffer from hunger, and currently 1 in 5 New Jersey children is food insecure. The 2010 census for West Orange reports that  there are 11,874 children between the ages of 0-19.  That would mean that 20% of those children, or 2,375 - is food insecure in West Orange alone. 

On September 20, United Presbyterian Church on Old Indian Road will be screening the first showing of the documentary "A Place At the Table" which chronicles the issue of hunger in America, at 7:00 pm.  It will be followed by a panel discussion comprised of Diane Riley from the Community Food Bank of New Jersey; Lachell Miller, Dietician at Shoprite-West Orange, and Cynthia Cumming, Food Pantry Administrator at the Holy Trinity-West Orange Food Pantry.

Issues raised in the 90 minute documentary will be discussed by panel members, such as the Relationship between hunger, poverty and obesity; Food access: cost, transportation and other limitations; Hunger and health; Food assistance in America; and Role of Schools.

Sign Up for E-News

Approximately 33% of West Orange Public School students qualify for free or reduced price lunches. Between 400-500 people per month receive food from the Holy Trinity-West Orange Food Pantry, and 50% of those are children. One of the goals of the food pantry in 2013-2014  is to work with the school district to identify families that need assistance but are not aware of the food pantry and what it provides. The food pantry partners with the Community Food Bank in Hillside and Meeting Emergency Needs With Dignity, a non-denominational offshoot of Catholic Charities.  In addition, the pantry applies for grants, fundraises, and receives monetary and food contributions from the community that keep the pantry in operation.

United Presbyterian Church, the Community Food Bank of Hillside, MEND, and the Holy Trinity-West Orange Food Pantry would like to encourage the West Orange Community to attend the showing of A Place at the Table on September 20 and learn more about hunger in America.

To find out more about the Holy Trinity-West Orange Food Pantry, email Cynthia Cumming, the Food Pantry Administrator, at Heidlercumming@aol.com, and "Like" their facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/HolyTrinityWestOrangeFoodPantry.

To find out more about the Community Food Bank of Hillside, go to http://www.cfbnj.org.

To find out more about Meeting Emergency Needs With Dignity (MEND) go to http://www.mendnj.org/.

 

 

 

TAP Into Another Town's News:

TAP Into Another Town's News:

Sign Up for E-News

West Orange

Montclair Residents Fill Buses Bound for Women's March on Washington

January 22, 2017

MONTCLAIR, NJ - Hundreds of Montclair and surrounding areas residents loaded onto buses during the wee hours of the morning on Saturday, Jan. 21 headed for Washington, DC.

Buses chartered by several organizations and individuals, including Montclair-based Blue WaveNJ left from the campus of Montclair High School at about 4:00 a.m. There was an air of excitement as ...

Upcoming Events

Carousel_image_0cebd162cc2d40edab37_screen_shot_2017-01-05_at_2.25.40_pm

Mon, January 23, 6:30 PM

West Orange Public Library, West Orange

West Orange Preschool Fair

Education

Carousel_image_f88e1e157ea7ade2425b_mini_magick20170115-8047-1b287c8

Mon, January 23, 6:30 PM

West Orange Public Library, West Orange

West Orange Preschool Fair 1/23

Community Calendar Education

Carousel_image_4d80854f4b5c252ca5b6_supernet

Wed, January 25, 6:30 PM

The Newark Club - Metropolitan Room, Newark

ACG NJ Joint Super Networking Party, January 25th ...

Arts & Entertainment Business & Finance Food & Drink

Women's March on Washington: Why, and Why Now

January 19, 2017

As Donald Trump’s inauguration draws near, a number of groups are planning various events and rallies – perhaps most notably, the Women’s March on Washington. I have read a number of opinion pieces and spoken to many people about the March, and several questions and criticisms seem to consistently arise. I would like to address some two of the major themes.

(Q) The election ...

Junior League of the Oranges and Short Hills Presents: Murder Mystery Dinner in Livingston

January 21, 2017

LIVINGSTON, NJ — The Junior League of the Oranges and Short Hills (JLOSH), an organization of women developed as civic and community leaders creating lasting community impact, is hosting a Murder Mystery Dinner on Feb. 11 at 7 p.m. at Cedar Hill Country Club, 100 Walnut Street, in Livingston.

Event attire is cocktail and complimentary valet parking will be ...

Andy’s Family Music Showcases Shayne Apple on Guitar

LIVINGSTON, NJ — Andy’s Family Music Center of Livingston is proud to highlight Shayne Apple, a fifth grader at Riker Hill Elementary School with an aptitude for drums.

Shayne also plays trombone in the school band and participates in the school choir. According to his mother, Sharon, Shayne was inspired to pick up guitar not long after his father decided to learn the same ...

Step Right Up

Let’s make America the Greatest Show on Earth Again.

 

I was very sad to learn that after 146 years of big-top entertainment the Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey Circus is folding its tent and leaving town.

 

This comes a year after the circus, due to mounting pressures from animal rights activists, got rid of the elephants.

 

It is not really ...