SUMMIT, NJ - Grants from the Community Food Bank of New Jersey and the Summit Area Public Foundation have enabled Summit nonprofit Giving and Receiving Assistance for Our Community's Essentials (GRACE) to deliver more than 1,500 pounds of shelf stable food from the food bank to Lawton C. Johnson Summit Middle School, food which will be distributed to families who experience food insecurity over the upcoming Teachers Convention weekend on November 8-9.

“Long weekends are difficult for families who rely on free or reduced price school meals," said GRACE Chairwoman Amanda Parrish Block. "GRACE’s Backpacks will soon be in every Summit elementary school to nourish families experiencing food insecurity. We are excited to now collaborate with Lawton C. Johnson Summit Middle School. We commend their efforts to support the school’s vulnerable families."

Summit resident Parrish Block founded GRACE in 2016 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 organization believes that creating better communities starts with food and everyone should have the opportunity to shop for and enjoy healthy foods needed to fuel their minds and bodies. The GRACE program, which is making a significant impact in the community and continues to gain momentum, relies on the efforts of volunteers and donations to continue providing these essentials.

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GRACE is a program of The Junior League of Summit, itself 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, visit or call 908-273-7349. Those interested in donating to the League can visit