News Department

30 New Jersey nonprofits to receive $17.5M in grants through new phase of NJEDA program supporting restaurants, families in need

Sustain & Serve NJ Program on Track to Purchase Five Million Meals from 430+ New Jersey Restaurants

NEW JERSEY – The New Jersey Economic Development Authority (NJEDA) Friday announced plans to award grants totaling $17.5 million to 30 nonprofit organizations through Phase 3 of its successful Sustain & Serve NJ program.

Sustain & Serve NJ provides eligible entities with grants to support the purchase of meals from New Jersey restaurants that have been negatively impacted by COVID-19 and the distribution of those meals at no cost to recipients. The additional $17.5 million in awards announced today brings total program funding to $52.5 million.

Sustain & Serve NJ launched during the pandemic as a $2 million pilot program to boost restaurants impacted by COVID and has grown into an over $50 million program that continues to bring much-needed food to people across New Jersey. Since February 2021, Sustain & Serve NJ has already supported the purchase of more than 3.5 million meals from over 400 restaurants in all 21 counties with grants totaling $35 million.

Phase 3 of Sustain & Serve NJ is funded by $10 million allocated by Governor Phil Murphy from the federal American Rescue Plan and approximately $7.5 million in State funding. Funding from this latest phase is expected to support the purchase of an additional 1.5 million meals.

“Sustain & Serve NJ has become a national model for addressing food insecurity, supporting small businesses that are the heartbeat of our downtowns, and providing funding to the nonprofit entities that deliver vital services,” said Acting Governor Sheila Y. Oliver. “Combatting hunger remains a top priority and it is more critical than ever that nonprofits have the resources they need to feed the people within their communities.”

“Throughout the pandemic, Governor Murphy has challenged us to employ innovative methods for supporting businesses, nonprofits, and New Jerseyans in need and Sustain & Serve NJ has been a tremendous asset in helping us meet that goal,” said NJEDA Chief Executive Officer Tim Sullivan. “We have an obligation to aid our fellow New Jerseyans who face food insecurity every single day. Nonprofit organizations and restaurants are critical allies in that mission and supporting them is an important part of our commitment to eradicating hunger, creating jobs, and fueling the economic growth and security of our state.”

Sullivan noted that Sustain & Serve NJ is a key part of the NJEDA’s efforts to strengthen the economic security of all New Jerseyans. The Authority is putting forth a multi-pronged strategy to eliminate food deserts within the state and to bolster the child care sector, an industry whose critical importance was highlighted during the COVID-19 pandemic. The NJEDA is also working with partners statewide to create a Maternal and Infant Health Innovation Center in Trenton as part of First Lady Tammy Murphy’s Nurture NJ initiative to make New Jersey the safest and most equitable place to give birth in the country.

“Real economic prosperity can only be achieved when everyone’s needs are being addressed, including the most basic need for food security,” said NJEDA’s Executive Vice President of Economic Security Tara Colton. “Sustain & Serve NJ grantees are extraordinary nonprofit organizations who are committed to feeding their neighbors and supporting their communities with respect and dignity.”

Pending the outcome of final reviews, the NJEDA anticipates making awards to the following non-profit organizations to participate in Phase 3 of the Sustain & Serve NJ program. Organizations marked with an asterisk (*) are new to the Sustain & Serve NJ Program for Phase 3.

Organization   Location of Participating Restaurants  
Name Headquarters Municipality(ies) County(ies)
A Need We Feed Inc. Jackson Red Bank, Manahawkin, Seaside Heights, Farmingdale Borough, Lakehurst, Toms River Monmouth, Ocean
All Access Community Development Corporation* Hackensack Bergenfield, Maywood Bergen
AtlantiCare Foundation Egg Harbor Galloway, Ventnor, Egg Harbor, Galloway, Hammonton Atlantic
Chef Lou’s Army Manasquan Manasquan, Wall, Monmouth
Coalition for Food and Health Equity Jersey City Montclair, Newark, Englewood, Jersey City, Kearny, North Bergen, Livingston Essex, Hudson, Bergen
Newark Working Kitchens (Community Foundation of New Jersey) Morristown Newark Essex
Congregation Bnos Devorah Lakewood Lakewood Ocean
Eva’s Village, Inc.* Paterson Haledon Passaic
FoodBank of Monmouth and Ocean Counties (Fulfill) Neptune Red Bank, Manasquan, Freehold, Asbury Park, Toms River, Seaside Heights, Neptune, Brick, Wall, Belmar, Long Branch, Holmdel, Ocean City Monmouth, Ocean
Front Line Appreciation Group of Millburn Short Hills Short Hills Millburn Essex
HealthBarn Foundation Lyndhurst Ridgewood Bergen
HMH Hospitals Corporation Edison New Milford, South Hackensack Bergen
Joseph Kushner Hebrew Academy Inc. Livingston Livingston Essex
Meals on Wheels of Mercer County Ewing Pennington, Ewing, Trenton, Lawrenceville, Mercer
Metuchen Downtown Alliance* Metuchen Metuchen Middlesex
Mid-Atlantic States Career and Education Center Pennsville Pennsville, Salem Salem
Morristown Rotary Club Morristown Morristown, Verona Morris, Essex
New Jersey Chaplains Association* Lakewood Lakewood Ocean
New Jersey Farmers Cooperative Cape May Cape May Cape May
Our Community Dinner Table South Hackensack Bergenfield, Englewood, Fort Lee, Palisades Park Bergen
Power Changes Lives Morris Plains Bergenfield, Bordentown, Bridgeton, Clark, Clementon, Clinton, Englewood, Englishtown, Freehold, Jersey City, Keyport, Linwood, Mahwah, Monmouth, Montclair, Morristown, New Brunswick, Newark, Ocean City, Parsippany, Princeton, Ringos, River Vale, Rochelle Park, South Amboy, Teaneck, Washington, Wayne, West Windsor Atlantic, Burlington, Bergen, Camden, Cape May, Cumberland, Essex, Hudson, Hunterdon, Mercer, Middlesex, Monmouth, Morris, Passaic, Union
Rescue Mission of Trenton Trenton Trenton, Ewing Mercer
Share My Meals Princeton Princeton, Skillman, Montgomery, Mercer, Somerset
Soup Kitchen 411 (FeedNJ) Hightstown Montclair, Union, Hightstown, Belmar, Ringwood, Metuchen, Linden, Ewing, Englishtown, New Brunswick, Tinton Falls, Morristown, Hoboken, Toms River, Piscataway, Belford, Hamilton, Asbury Park, Freehold, Middletown, Jersey City, Roselle, Camden, Lawrenceville, Medford, Morristown, Penns Grove, Cranford, Englewood, Fairview, Perth Amboy, Vineland, Glassboro, Haddon, Newark, Raritan, Belleville, Summit, Sayreville, Eatontown, Princeton, Leonardo, Branchville, South River, Bayonne, East Brunswick, Wharton, Brick, South Amboy, West Windsor, Long Branch, Neptune, Monroe, Nutley, Netcong, Parsippany, Westfield, Scotch Plains, Red Bank, Elizabeth, Bradley Beach, Ridgewood, Shrewsbury, Wallington, Fairview, Haledon Essex, Hudson, Monmouth, Mercer, Passaic, Middlesex, Union, Ocean, Camden, Burlington, Salem, Cumberland, Gloucester, Bergen, Somerset, Sussex
Toni’s Kitchen, a food ministry of St. Luke’s Church Montclair Montclair, Caldwell Essex
TASK Inc (Trenton Area Soup Kitchen) Trenton East Windsor, Ewing, Hamilton, Lawrenceville, Pennington, Princeton, West Windsor Mercer
The Cliffside Park Hall of Fame Foundation Cliffside Park Cliffside Park, Hillsdale, Northvale, River Vale, Rochelle Park, South Hackensack, Washington Township, Westwood Bergen
The Foundation for University Hospital Newark Belleville, Newark, Rutherford  Bergen, Essex
The Summit Foundation Summit Summit Union
Family Food Relief of New Jersey (Tomchei Shabbos D’Lakewood)* Lakewood Lakewood Ocean

The New Jersey Economic Development Authority (NJEDA) serves as the State’s principal agency for driving economic growth. The NJEDA is committed to making New Jersey a national model for inclusive and sustainable economic development by focusing on key strategies to help build strong and dynamic communities, create good jobs for New Jersey residents, and provide pathways to a stronger and fairer economy. Through partnerships with a diverse range of stakeholders, the NJEDA creates and implements initiatives to enhance the economic vitality and quality of life in the State and strengthen New Jersey’s long-term economic competitiveness.

To learn more about NJEDA resources for businesses call NJEDA Customer Care at 844-965-1125 or visit

Jay Edwards

Born and raised in Northwest NJ, Jay has a degree in Communications and has had a life-long interest in local radio and various styles of music. Jay has held numerous jobs over the years such as stunt car driver, bartender, voice-over artist, traffic reporter (award winning), NY Yankee maintenance crewmember and peanut farm worker. His hobbies include mountain climbing, snowmobiling, cooking, performing stand-up comedy and he is an avid squirrel watcher. Jay has been a guest on America’s Morning Headquarters,program on The Weather Channel, and was interviewed by Sam Champion.

Related Articles

Back to top button