With the new year comes new efforts by several local organizations to help tackle the issues of hunger throughout Paterson and Passaic County. According to estimates, the United Way of Passaic County reported in announcing their partnerships with four local non-profit organizations designed to to improve access to healthy food, as many as 37% of Paterson residents are “food insecure,” meaning that they lack reliable access to a sufficient amount of quality, affordable food.
Part of a larger community strategy to increase access to healthy, affordable food, and create healthier communities overall, the United Way will provide between $10,000 and $15,000 to St. Paul’s Community Development Corporation, Oasis- A Haven for Women and Children, and the Paterson YMCA, as well as St. Peter’s Haven in Clifton, to implement programs that provide healthy food, nutrition education and advocacy.
“United Way is proud to partner with these organizations as we work together on our shared goals of ending hunger and building a culture of health in Passaic County,” said Yvonne Zuidema, President & CEO of United Way of Passaic County. “We look forward to seeing the positive impact of these programs.”