The Community Chest
Our mission is to lead initiatives and support nonprofits that make our communities stronger and benefit people in need in eastern Bergen County
Our service area includes the following towns: Alpine, Bergenfield, Closter, Cresskill, Demarest, Dumont, Englewood, Englewood Cliffs, Harrington Park, Haworth, Northvale, Norwood, Old Tappan, Rockleigh and Tenafly.
A consortium of agencies and volunteers have been creating healthy dinners at local churches in Englewood. Attendance is by invitation through local food banks and host churches. The idea is to promote healthy eating in order to decrease the incidence of diabetes and obesity in the local population.
The Community Chest, Englewood Health, The Office of Concern, Center for Food Action and the Department of Health formed this partnership and have engaged many volunteers. People from the community have gotten involved to help create these meals. The volunteers have developed a wonderful camaraderie with each other and with the guests who attend. TD Bank generously granted $5,000 to fund the initiative in addition to sending volunteers. Lakeland Bank , M&T and Investors have all sent volunteers to assist at one of the dinners.
Participation by community members, clients of food banks and members of church communities, has increased significantly since the inception of the program nine months ago. Attendance by these families and individuals is so important in promoting a change in eating habits, which in turn will lead to better health.
We are in the planning stages for dinners beginning in the Fall. If you are interested in volunteering or would like to help by contributing, please contact us.
Thanks to everyone that joined us at Anthony’s to enjoy great drinks and food while supporting The Community Chest.
TD Banks Grants $5,000 to Support Healthy Eating
TD Bank is supporting our efforts to combat the rising trends in obesity and diabetes at risk populations of primarily hispanic and african american community members. Participants from food banks and church congregations are attending dinners where nutritious meals are explained, prepared and served. Attendees receive ingredients to take home so that they may replicate the meal. Our goal is to change eating habits and raise awareness of the value of healthy eating. The Community Chest thanks TD Bank for their generous support.