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Project Self-Sufficiency Distributes Record Amount of Food to Those in Need



Project Self-Sufficiency’s robust food distribution program, The Food Project: Nourishing Our Neighbors, served 37,856 meals to 2,704 individuals from April through June.  The agency offers free food and limited personal care products to Sussex and Warren County residents, Monday – Friday, 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.  Patrons need not be agency participants.  “We are so grateful to our Board of Directors for their tremendous support which has enabled us to purchase food to meet this unprecedented need,” commented Project Self-Sufficiency Executive Director Deborah Berry-Toon.  “This public health crisis has placed an overwhelming burden on some of the most vulnerable members of our community and we are exceptionally thankful for the donations we have received from individuals, businesses and other community organizations.  The support from the community has been truly inspiring.”





Although Project Self-Sufficiency received funding from the ACME Foundation Nourishing Neighbors program to sustain its food distribution program, the agency relies heavily on monetary donations to purchase food, as well as the donation of non-perishable items such as canned soups and stews; canned fruits and vegetables; fresh seasonal fruits and vegetables; frozen meals; coffee; tuna; pastas and sauces; peanut butter and jelly; toothpaste; shampoos and conditioners; hair care products; skin care products; laundry detergents; diapers and baby wipes; toilet tissue; facial tissue; and feminine hygiene products.





Generous funding from the Ellman Discovery Foundation and the Post Foundation allows Project Self-Sufficiency to transport food donations in a recently acquired, refrigerated van, aptly labeled The Food Project, Nourishing our Neighbors.  The vehicle was initially acquired to transport fresh and packaged food to far-flung portions of Project Self-Sufficiency’s service area as part of a food rescue effort involving schools, grocers, and other venues.  When the pandemic hit, the van immediately began playing a crucial role in the distribution of food to residents in need.




Those who are interested in accessing The Food Project: Nourishing Our Neighbors at Project Self-Sufficiency are invited to visit the campus, 127 Mill Street, Newton or call the agency, 973-940-3500 or 844-807-3500.  Monetary and food donations will be gratefully accepted at the agency Monday – Friday, 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.  Monetary donations can also be made at www.projectselfsufficiency.org.



Project Self-Sufficiency is a community-based non-profit organization which specializes in services for low-income families in northwestern New Jersey.  Programs offered at Project Self-Sufficiency include family literacy education, computer training and job placement services, assistance with parenting skills, childcare, counseling and advocacy, referrals, and help with emergency basic needs.  To make a donation, or for more information about the programs and services offered by Project Self-Sufficiency, visit www.projectselfsufficiency.org or call 973-940-3500 or 844-807-3500. 

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