Today’s Front Line Hero is the Sharing Place, which is working to meet the growing need for food assistance in Jersey City, NJ.
The COVID-19 pandemic brought economic devastation, and many residents in New Jersey are recently unemployed and struggling with delays in assistance from the state. Food pantries are drawing increasingly large crowds as community members are hurting financially, and the Sharing Place is stepping up to feed the growing number of hungry people.
The Sharing Place is a food pantry housed at St. Paul’s Evangelical Lutheran Church in Jersey City, NJ. The food pantry is one of Hudson County’s largest and longest serving food pantries and aims to meet the needs of low and very-low income families and individuals. The Sharing Place provides a wide range of groceries, including fresh produce, meats, dairy, and non-perishable food items.
The Sharing Place has increased its services and is feeding almost double the number of people compared to before the pandemic. The food pantry serves as a lifeline for people who have lost employment or are unable to work during the pandemic, and many people the Sharing Place serves are seniors on fixed incomes. The Sharing Place offers nutritious food that is otherwise unaffordable to purchase at grocery stores, especially with increasing prices of meat.
Thank you to the Sharing Place for serving your community’s growing needs during the COVID-19 pandemic and working to ensure that everyone in Jersey City has access to nutritious food!