PATERSON, NJ - Paterson's CUMAC has been awarded a $110,000 grant from Impact 100 Garden State. The announcement came at the philanthropic organization's annual awards meeting Wednesday.

Also awarded similar sized grants were the County College of Morris Foundation and the Union County Economic Development Corporation. Passaic County Community College Foundation and The Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey were both awarded merit grants in the amount of $8,000.

The grant to CUMAC will allow them, through their innovative "Beyond Hunger" initiative, to continue their delivery of healthy foods and supportive services to help break the cycle of poverty, throughout the community.  The largest food pantry in Passaic County, and a non-profit agency, CUMAC processes 19,000 pounds of food a week, according to Executive Director Mark Dinglasan.  For over 30 years, produce, and more, has been earmarked by CUMAC for those in need in Paterson, Passaic County, and Northern New Jersey.  

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Saying that CUMAC is grateful for the grant award Mark Dinglsasan, executive director, added that the campaign being supported was "launched with the vision of transforming the organization into a one-stop access point for supportive services." The services, he added, are "trauma-informed, embedded in the community, and not siloed."

The grant, Dinglasan concluded, will be "put towards the programs and systems change efforts that will help CUMAC work upstream and attack hunger at its root causes."

Impact 100 Garden State is a women-led, all volunteer, philanthropic organization that empowers women to provide high impact, transformational grants to local nonprofits that reach under-served populations in Morris, Passaic, Somerset, Sussex, and Union counties.