Meeting Essential Needs with Dignity (MEND) is hosting a “Bike for the Bean” fundraiser at CycleBar Livingston on Saturday, July 21 from 12:30 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. This event will raise funds for MEND’s new mobile food pantry, a converted school bus known as “The Green Bean.” Donations for this event will allow MEND to purchase and distribute more fresh and healthy food to underserved communities in Essex County.
Attendees will participate in a 45-minute class, followed by light refreshments, for a $100 donation. All levels, and riders ages 12 and over, are welcome. To participate in or support the event, donate through the event website. Riders will receive a separate link to register and reserve their bikes prior to the event.
This fundraiser is part of the CycleBar franchise’s CycleGiving® program, which helps organizations raise funds locally. CycleBar Livingston has helped raise more than $40,000 in 10 months for local and national organizations.
MEND has been providing hunger relief to Essex County residents through its interfaith network of 17 food pantries since 1980. MEND works to alleviate hunger by providing fresh and healthy food, funds, volunteers, and a collaborative forum for its member pantries, so that they may share ideas and resources, and make a greater impact on the communities they serve. MEND also advocates for policies to eliminate food insecurity and to improve the lives of the food pantry patrons. MEND pantries are located in Bloomfield, East Orange, Irvington, Maplewood, Montclair, Newark, Orange, South Orange and West Orange.