PATERSON, NJ - With the new year comes new efforts by several local organizations to help tackle the issues of hunger throughout Paterson and Passaic County. According to estimates, the United Way of Passaic County reported in announcing their partnerships with four local non-profit organizations designed to to improve access to healthy food, as many as 37% of Paterson residents are “food insecure,” meaning that they lack reliable access to a sufficient amount of quality, affordable food.  

Part of a larger community strategy to increase access to healthy, affordable food, and create healthier communities overall, the United Way will provide between $10,000 and $15,000 to St. Paul’s Community Development Corporation, Oasis- A Haven for Women and Children, and the Paterson YMCA, as well as St. Peter’s Haven in Clifton, to implement programs that provide healthy food, nutrition education and advocacy.

“United Way is proud to partner with these organizations as we work together on our shared goals of ending hunger and building a culture of health in Passaic County,” said Yvonne Zuidema, President & CEO of United Way of Passaic County. “We look forward to seeing the positive impact of these programs.”

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Saying that the funding for their Cultural Meals Initiative will allow clients from diverse countries and regions to plan, prepare, cook and serve traditional meals representative of their homeland using the Oasis Soup Kitchen, Jennifer Brady, the organization’s executive director, told TAPinto Paterson that the program will not only promote healthy eating but also “build community sharing treasured recipes and meals.” This, she continued, “helps women build relationships with one another.”

Through their Oasis Meals program, Brady added, the non-profit located on Mill Street serves 67,000 meals a year, including free breakfast and lunch each week day to low-income women and children in the community.

According to the United Way of Passaic County there will be another opportunity for nonprofits to submit proposals in early 2019.


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