EAST BRUNSWICK, NJ - MCFOODS, the Middlesex County Food Organization and Outreach Distribution Services, is marking 25 years of serving the food insecure in New Brunswick and across the county.
In New Brunswick alone, MCFOODS has partnered with Elijah's Promise and several food pantries to provide food and other items such as soap, baby formula and toothpaste for those who need it.
On Monday, New Jersey Assembly Speaker Craig Coughlin and Freeholder Director Ronald. G. Rios took a tour of the MCFOODS distribution center.
Their tour included a briefing on current programs and processes for distributing food, as well as a discussion of the state assembly’s efforts to combat food insecurity and local efforts to improve the lives of residents.
Also in attendance were Assemblywoman Nancy Pinkin, Freeholder Deputy Director Charles Tomaro, Freeholder Leslie Koppel, Middlesex County Improvement Authority (MCIA) Chairman James Nolan, MCIA Board Member Paul Abbey, Executive Director of the MCIA H. James Polos, program volunteers, and community partners.
Following the tour, Coughlin and Pinkin presented MCFOODS with a resolution in recognition of their dedication to feeding the hungry in Middlesex County.
“When you come to a place like MCFOODS and you realize how many people genuinely want to make a difference, you recognize that this is a fight worth fighting and one that we can win,” said Coughlin in his remarks to a group of volunteers. "It is experiences like today and meeting the people at the grassroots level who do the work day to day that reinvigorate my colleagues and I to continue to address food insecurity."
“While we may think of those that receive the much-needed food from this distribution center, we must not forget that behind every grocery item delivered, there is a team - an army - of people that work tirelessly to make that happen,” said Rios. “I cannot thank the volunteers enough for the positive difference they are making in people’s lives so that no child - no human being - should wake up hungry or go to bed hungry.”
“We are so grateful to our Freeholders and local and state officials for their continued support of MCFOODS, one of MCIA’s most successful programs,” said Nolan, who also thanked and recognized Jennifer Apostol, director of MCFOODS, for her dedication to the program.
Beginning in the closet of a park police building in Roosevelt Park in Edison in 1994, MCFOODS has since expanded into a 5,000 square foot warehouse in East Brunswick. In the early years, MCFOODS received and distributed 92,000 pounds of nonperishable foods and necessities to about 30 partner agencies. In 2018, MCFOODS received and distributed over 1.9 million pounds of food including fresh produce, dairy, and meat products to over 120 partners.
A Behind the Scenes video featuring MCFOODS can be viewed here: https://bcove.video/2MY2NL6.