Support comes as part of Bank of America’s Neighborhood Builders program which empowers high performing nonprofits to address community challenges
Englewood Cliffs, NJ – February 7, 2017 – Table to Table had an exciting end to the year, as the food rescue program was named a Bank of America Neighborhood Builder for 2016. Through the Neighborhood Builders program, the bank provides nonprofits with a unique combination of leadership development, $200,000 in flexible funding, a network of peer organizations across the U.S. and the opportunity to access capital in order to expand their impact in the community.
As stated by Ilene Isaacs, Executive Director of Table to Table, “this Neighborhood Builders Award could not be timelier and there could be no better partner than Bank of America. Through Neighborhood Builders, our organization will be given the opportunity to evolve strategically, creating an even stronger and more effective program. Although our recently retired founder has laid the groundwork for continued success, there is still work to be done to transition and enhance skill sets while sustaining and growing the support of the community. With a new database, improved IT capabilities and the addition of talented staff, our program will have the ability to reach maximum potential. Everyone at Table to Table is committed to benefitting from every aspect of the program’s training and resources, enabling us to uphold our long term vow to be this area’s reliable source of fresh, nutritious food.”
Since 2004, through Neighborhood Builders, Bank of America has helped nonprofits create greater impact in their communities and better prepare for the future by providing the tools and resources they need to develop stronger strategic plans, chart a succession plan, navigate through tough economic times, and enhance their funding opportunities. This program is a signature demonstration of the bank’s work to address issues fundamental to economic mobility in order to build thriving communities and illustrates how strong cross-sector partnerships and local community leaders can play a meaningful role in positioning communities for success. The awardees are selected by a local market selection committee with representation by local community leaders from diverse sectors.
Through at least three sessions, held around the country over the course of 2017, topics that present challenges to the nonprofit sector will be presented and discussed in formal and informal workshops. Leaders from all organizations who’ve received the award attend and benefit from networking, informal sharing of ideas and experiences, sharing from Neighborhood Builders Alumni and formal presentations such as access to capital, legacy planning, leadership development, and the nonprofit environment in current political climates.
About Table to Table
Table to Table is a community-based, not-for-profit, food rescue program that collects fresh and perishable food which would otherwise be wasted and delivers it to organizations that serve hungry people in Bergen, Hudson, Essex and Passaic counties in Northeastern NJ. With a fleet of refrigerated trucks, perishable food is picked up from more than 200 donors (restaurants, supermarkets, food distributors and hospital/corporate cafeterias), and then delivered to more than 100 community partners. These partners include soup kitchens, homeless shelters, elder care facilities, day care centers, homes for victims and children of domestic violence, after-school programs and pantries serving the working poor. Food is delivered on the day of donation and is provided free of charge. Without any government assistance, Table to Table raises its own funds every year, and last year delivered enough food for more than 16 million meals. Visit us at www.tabletotable.org.
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