Meeting Essential Needs with Dignity
MEND is an interfaith network of 20 member food pantries located throughout Essex County, NJ. Our hunger relief network, the largest in Essex County, has been providing food to individuals and families in need since 1980.
In 2019, MEND pantries served over 157,000 Essex County residents, of whom 38% were children. Many of MEND’s patrons are the working poor – those who have jobs, but do not earn enough to consistently provide food for themselves or their families. Many others, such as seniors or the disabled, are struggling to get by on modest fixed incomes. All those in need of food are welcome.