SUMMIT, NJ - The Summit Area Public Foundation has awarded a $15,000 grant in support of GRACE's Refrigerator, the Junior League of Summit's signature community outreach project, GRACE’s Refrigerator will use the funds to purchase fresh, healthy foods for families that would not otherwise be able to purchase for themselves.

GRACE, which stands for Giving and Receiving Assistance for Our Community’s Essentials, was founded in 2016 by JLS member and Summit local, 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 the opportunity to shop for and enjoy healthy foods needed to fuel its citizens' minds and bodies. The GRACE program aims to make an enormous impact in the local community, and the momentum behind the initiative is strong thanks to the efforts and support of volunteers and donations which provide these essentials.

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GRACE’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 it’s inception, GRACE has served 112,332 pounds of produce, dairy, eggs, and bagels to 17,442 individuals -- including 9,163 children and 792 senior citizens.

The Junior League of Summit is a nonprofit, charitable, and educational organization of women who are committed to promoting voluntarism, developing the potential of women, and improving the community through the effective action and leadership of trained volunteers.

For more information about the Junior League of Summit or its GRACE project, visit jlsummit.org or call 908-273-7349.