#plainfieldfoodsecurityproject

The Rotary Club of the Plainfields, Starfish Plainfield Food Pantry and the Plainfield YMCA of the Greater Somerset County YMCA started this as 8 weeks project of giving, which has turned into a wonderful partnership at 15 weeks.

As we start our 15th week, we are doing our best trying to feed those in need. Unfortunately, we have to stop using the duCret School of the Arts building, as the school prepares for fall programs.

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This week we are going to empty our shelves so that we can make sure that people will have shelf stable food until another solution can be organized.

At Monday night’s council meeting on Zoom, I requested that we all work together to solve the issue of today and into the future until our economy is back and people can freely move around to support themselves.

To the Mayor, Council, Administration and shareholders — please look at ways for this program to continue to help the people of Plainfield; we have a large, undocumented population and many that do not want to get involved with paperwork to feed their families.

Kisha Chubb, Michael Townley, Sean McKenna and myself, Timothy Priano, are very thankful that we had a space to set up weekly at duCret, but we are asking all to help find a suitable place to store the shelf stable food and fresh fruits & vegetables weekly for Saturday distribution for those in need.

 #nooneshouldgohungry

Food Insecurity in Plainfield describes a household's inability to provide enough food for every person to live an active, healthy life. In the United States, 1 in 9 people struggled with hunger in 2019; the amount today with COVID-19 is beyond what anyone has seen since the Great Depression.

All those who have been involved have seen with their own eyes the need for so many that have never been in this position before COVID-19.  Our volunteers are amazing and are committed: Ab-Salute Fitness, ACME Nourishing Neighbors, Angels for Action, Astro Rent of North Plainfield, BJs of Watchung, Calvary Baptist Church, Craziii Dozen MC/AC, Crescent Avenue Presbyterian Church, duCret School of Art, First Tee of Metropolitan New York, Gentlemen Making Changes, Grand Sanitation, Hackensack Meridian Health, Healthy Plainfield Coalition, Joker’s Wild, Plainfield, NJ, King of Kings Grand Lodge, Ladies of Ghost, Roselle, New Jersey YMCA State Alliance, Omicron Chi Chapter of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Pemberton Area Block Association, Plainfield Country Club/West Nine Golf Course, Plainfield Family Success Center, Plainfield Public Library, Plainfield Public Schools Board of Education, Plainfield Senior Citizen Service Center, Plainfield YMCA/Greater Somerset County YMCA, Queen of Queens Grand Lodge, Rotary Club of Fanwood/Scotch Plains, Rotary Club of the Plainfields, Second Impressions of Piscataway, Sleepy Hollow Neighbors, Star Fish Food Pantry, The Coffee Box, The Salvation Army, Theta Phi Omega Chapter, AKA Sorority Inc., Tiger Global Management, U-Haul Moving and Storage of Plainfield, United Way of Greater Union County.

 

WE ARE IN THIS TOGETHER!

We are cause driven: we don’t just show up, we show up with purpose.

We are welcoming: we are open to all. We are a place where you can belong and become.

We are genuine: we value you and embrace your individuality.

We are hopeful: we believe in you and your potential to become a catalyst in the world.

 

 

Boxes

Households

Individuals

Seniors

1

365

268

1013

45

2

550

376

1510

21

3

1094

590

2280

84

4

650

642

2625

55

5

700

627

2488

90

6

530

489

1886

69

7

734

734

2880

89

8

580

625

2692

90

9

507

400

1741

30

10

1149

745

2490

205

11

984

625

2522

63

12

969

612

2414

100

13

919

629

2569

79

14

820

576

2418

21

15

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Here.

Totals

10551

7938

31528

1041