SOMERSET, NJ - Mariano Press a local printing company with over 70 years of experience is looking to stamp out hunger, one meal at a time by partnering with Feeding America, a nationwide network of 200 food banks.

Mariano Press employees are looking to provide 150,000 meals this year with their initiative. Every $20 spent with them will generate one meal for an American, in hopes to offset hunger as much as possible.

"In college, I learned of an organization called America’s Second Harvest (the old name of the charity) which donates 98 percent of its proceeds directly to the cause of rescuing food that is going to waste," Mariano Press, third-generation owner, Jeremy Mariano said. I wrote a ton of papers, advocated, and contributed directly to the cause during my college years. As time went on I lost sight of this endeavor, but I’m back on board and feel I can produce greater results with the leverage of my business."

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Mariano took over the business from his father last year after his retirement. Mariano sat down with his staff to start brainstorming on ways make a difference in the community.

“I love printing but I’ve always wanted to do something bigger, that was nondenominational, not political, nondiscriminatory for our nation’s people,” Mariano said. “The charity that we contribute to is working on solving hunger in the United States and if this work hopefully it will be scaled to the world.”

More than 5,000 meals have been provided during the first month of the yearlong initiative, according to Mariano Press' website. Mariano is hoping this idea will catch on with other businesses, and they too will decide to do something to make a difference. 

Mariano also said just ordering from his company will help generate meals, some of his customers made direct contributions already. 

Mariano Press Manager, Tony Gallo said anyone looking to donate can visit their website or, they can visit Feeding America Fact Sheet to find ideas on how to help. 

"People will tell you that doing some small good now won't make a difference, that it's a drop in the bucket," Gallo said. "Those same people will also tell you that time travel is impossible because even the smallest change going back in time would dramatically change the future. Which is it? Our goal is to help make a difference, to prove that normal everyday people can be the change while filling a need our customers already have." 

Mariano said his initiative will indirectly help the Franklin Food Bank, he also recently joined the advisory board of the Franklin Food Bank. The Franklin Food Bank is a member agency of the Community Food Bank of New Jersey, which is a member of Feeding America, according to its website. 

Mariano Press is located at 14 Veronica Avenue in Somerset, and they serve small to large sized companies for all of their printing needs.  

More about Mariano Press:

While printing is where we began, we have expanded to offer many other services including print design, web design, signs, apparel and promotions. Our reputation is built on quality, dependability, reasonable prices, and personalized service. We have stayed up-to-date with current technology and trends and remain committed to the principles upon which our business first took root.

We know our relationships with our customers ensures that you get the job done the way you want it, when you want it! An experienced, knowledgeable staff member is always available to assist you and answer any questions.

Your project is our priority. Mariano Press, LLC is your source for printing, signs, promotional items, web design, apparel and so much more!

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