NJMEP’s Manufacturing Cares nears goal of 2 million meals by 2023

Manufacturing Cares, the framework under which the New Jersey Manufacturing Extension Program conducts charitable giving efforts, is nearing its goal of providing 2 million meals by 2023 to New Jersey’s food-challenged population. But, it needs your help.

To date, Manufacturing Cares has provided 1.76 million meals, and every dollar donated to the Manufacturing Cares initiative provides three meals for those in need. According to recent statistics, more than 1 million New Jersey residents go hungry each year — a majority of whom are children.

The COVID-19 pandemic has escalated the food insecurity crisis in our country, which has also been exacerbated by supply chain challenges, causing strain on the food supply and inevitably leading to inflation and the increase of cost for daily necessities, like food. The impact of these ongoing issues can also be felt at food pantries and food banks across the country, which rely heavily on subsidized bulk food purchases and food donations to meet the needs of their communities.

How can you help?

  • Several food and beverage firms have delivered skids and truckloads over the years. Again, please contribute and let NJMEP know how you’re contributing.
  • $1 = 3 meals. Neighbors helping neighbors. Join NJMEP to make a difference.

John Kennedy, CEO of NJMEP and one of the driving forces behind Manufacturing Cares, reminds us: “To me, the term ‘food challenged’ just doesn’t do it. People, especially kids, need good food to sustain them at work or school. As my Mom always told me, ’It’s not the amount (you give), it’s the activity of giving that matters most.’”

Peter Connolly, chief operating officer of NJMEP, shared: “I’ve sat on the board of NJMEP for 12 years and watched the Manufacturing Cares initiative grow each year for the past decade. Since I accepted my new role as COO in 2022, one exciting aspect of this organization I was thrilled to drive forward is our charitable contributions. I’d like to see even more manufacturers participate this year. I can’t wait to continue expanding Manufacturing Cares for another 10 years.”

Contribute today and make a lasting difference in the lives of countless New Jersey residents. Hunger is still an issue — especially for our nation’s children — but, the collective effort from New Jersey’s manufacturing sector gives our neighbors food for today, help for tomorrow and hope for the future.