Crates were filled with peanut butter, bags of rice, cereal, and other grocery items for the MEND (Meeting Essential Needs with Dignity) food drive in front of the Maplewood Library on December 16. The food drive was sponsored by the Maplewood Chamber of Commerce, with major support from the South Orange nonprofit JESPY House. MEND has been working harder than ever to secure food donations for local food banks to address the tremendous insecurity in our area brought on by the pandemic. Tara Roberts, JESPY’s community relations supervisor, led the way for JESPY’s part in the MEND-food drive.
JESPY House, which services adults with Intellectual & Developmental Disabilities between the ages of 18 and 73, has participated in several MEND/Our Lady of Sorrows food drives since March. So meeting the call to serve others outside of JESPY’s immediate reach has been an ongoing concern for the nonprofit. That care for others is echoed by JESPY clients who have participated in this and other food drives. For more information on future JESPY food drive collections, email firstname.lastname@example.org.