Hunger here in Bergen County is often experienced as food insecurity—meaning that people don’t know if they will have enough to feed themselves and their families. High costs of living in our area mean that as many as 1 in 4 residents struggle to meet their basic needs, which often forces them to choose between food and other essentials (rent, medication, etc.). In 2016, Center for Food Action distributed 63,615 seven-day emergency food packages to neighbors in need living in northern NJ. According to the Office of Concern Food Pantry in Englewood, their clients suffer from malnutrition, which leaves our seniors at greater risk for illness and causes lasting deficits in cognitive, social, and emotional development in our children.

Summit Focus Question: How can we increase access to affordable nutritious food?