SUMMIT, NJ - The George W. Bauer Foundation has awarded a $20,000 grant to the Junior League of Summit (JLS) in support of G.R.A.C.E.'s Refrigerator, the JLS' signature community outreach project. The funds will be used to purchase fresh, healthy foods for local families provisions which the families would not otherwise be able to purchase for themselves.
G.R.A.C.E.’s Refrigerator is open weekly and offers nutrient-dense produce, dairy, and prepared food which is sourced from the Summit Farmers Market, local businesses, and the Community FoodBank of New Jersey. On average, 72 families depend on the community refrigerator each week. Since its inception, it has served 117,190 pounds of fresh produce, dairy, eggs, and bagels to 18,125 individuals (including 9,529 children and 822 senior citizens).
G.R.A.C.E., which stands for Giving and Receiving Assistance for Our Community’s Essentials, was founded in 2016 by Junior League of Summit member and Hilltop City resident Amanda Parrish Block. The program was launched following research into the issue of food insecurity and the revelation that one in six Summit public school students is lacking access to fresh, nutritious foods.
The Junior League of Summit believes that "creating better communities starts with food and that everyone should have the opportunity to shop for and enjoy healthy foods needed to fuel their minds and bodies." The GRACE program relies on the efforts of volunteers and donations to continue providing these essentials.
For more information about the Junior League of Summit or to inquire about becoming a member, visit jlsummit.org or contact 908-273-7349. Individuals or organizations interested in donating to the League, can visit https://www.jlsummit.org/?nd=donate_summary.