NEW JERSEY -- New Jersey Economic Development Authority (NJEDA) has launched a new program called Sustain and Serve New Jersey that enables struggling New Jersey restaurants to prepare meals for nonprofit organizations to be distributed to needy residents.

Sustain and Serve New Jersey is a COVID-19 relief effort that helps families that are going through a rough period while helping the restaurant industry, which has been hit hard by the pandemic and the restrictions implemented to halt the spread of the coronavirus. The program provides grants of $100,000 or more to nonprofit organizations to purchase meals in bulk from restaurants and distribute the food to the hungry. 

Nonprofit applicants must demonstrate experience in bulk purchasing and distribution of at least 3,000 meals from New Jersey restaurants since the pandemic began in March. Grant applications are due by Jan 8 2021.

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Restaurants are not able to apply directly for the Sustain and Serve New Jersey program but may participate by providing meals that are bought by a grant recipient organization. The NJEDA has published a list of restaurants that indicated interest in the program. Grant applicants may refer to this registry when purchasing meals. This list will be updated weekly. Restaurants that would like to be included should complete the SSNJ Restaurant Interest Form.

Restaurant Eligibility:

  • 50 or fewer employees
  • A physical location in New Jersey
  • Legal registration to do business in New Jersey
  • Good standing with the New Jersey Department of Labor and New Jersey Division of Taxation
  • Good standing with the New Jersey Division of Alcoholic Beverage Control (where applicable)
  • Satisfactory certification from municipal or county government inspection 
  • Ability to demonstrate COVID-19's adverse impact on a restaurant that was in operation on or before Feb 15 2020.

Anyone with additional questions should email SSNJ@njeda.com or call 844-965-1125 for assistance.

 

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