AlphaGraphics’ Summit/New Providence collected over 800 pounds of food donations in their second annual AlphaGraphics Fights Hunger Campaign.  The donated food went to SAGE Eldercare’s Meals on Wheels emergency food supply, called “Portable Pantry.” to help feed homebound seniors in Union, Essex and Morris Counties who are risk for hunger and poor nutrition. The Pantry, located at SAGE’s Summit headquarters, strives to maintain an on-site inventory of meal kits accessible to area seniors, as well as to caregivers and healthcare providers. 
 
 Items not suitable for the elderly were then donated by SAGE to other local food pantries and non-profit agencies in the area.  Summit resident, Mary Zimmerman helps transport donated goods cross town from SAGE Eldercare to Summit’s “Loaves and Fishes” Food Pantry at St. Teresa’s of Avila Church.  Mrs. Zimmerman is a volunteer for both non-profit organizations and often acts as a liaison between the two groups by bringing food more suited to families rather than the elderly from SAGE to St. Teresa’s. 
 
According to data shared at the recent first annual Food Bank Conference in New Jersey, the need for emergency food in our state is up 45% since 2005. An estimated 830,200 people annually receive emergency food assistance, 138,500 in any given week. SAGE Eldercare expects to serve more than 280 people Meals on Wheels before the end of the year.