Over the past 15 years, Table to Table has helped to significantly reduce the amount of wasted food in Bergen, Hudson, Essex and Passaic counties in NJ while feeding tens of thousands of our hungry neighbors.
Working solely within our own community, and without government assistance, the volunteers, directors and staff work each and every day to pick up food that would otherwise be thrown out and bring it directly to those in need. We are proud of the work we do and pleased to answer any questions from the community. We have outlined a few basics and common questions below:
What do we do exactly?
Table to Table picks up food that would otherwise be discarded (but that is still in date and 100% healthy,) and delivers it via refrigerated vehicles to pantries, shelters, churches and social service agencies across Bergen, Hudson, Essex, and Passaic counties in N.J. Food is typically donated for a variety of reasons including the impact of weather on consumer behavior, over-ordering and over-shipment of fresh food. We load this food into one of our five refrigerated vehicles and deliver it that very same day to more than 80 agencies that feed hungry neighbors.
Who benefits from the organization?
Our not-for-profit delivers to dozens of shelters and pantries across the four northern N.J. counties. Some of the facilities that receive donations include, A Village for Humanity, Irvington, Cresskill Food Pantry, Bridges to Success, Paterson, Salvation Army, Passaic, Miracle’s Ground, Newark, OASIS – A Haven for Women and Children, Paterson, St. Lucy’s Emergency Shelter, Jersey City, and Strengthen our Sister’s, Wanaque. These are only a small sampling of the deliveries made regularly by Table to Table. For a complete list, see our Who Receives page.
Equally notable are our food donors. Without their beautiful food, Table to Table could not and would not be so effective. Those who donate include, Inserra ShopRite, A&P Supermarkets, DePiero’s Farm, Montvale, AuerPak Produce, Secaucus, Allendale Bar & Grill, Whitson’s Culinary Group, Secaucus, Stop & Shop, Whole Foods, and Trader Joe’s. Again, this is just a small sample of the businesses that support Table to Table. For a complete list, visit our donation page.
So, now you know exactly how it works. Have you really thought about why?
Think about how much food you might waste within your own home. Even a family of two tends to waste enough food to sustain another family of two.
Imagine that waste multiplied to the amount that a grocery store must buy to anticipate the purchases of its customers for the next week. Then a snowstorm prevents people from shopping for a couple of days and food is now approaching the expiration mark and must be taken off the shelf to be replaced by fresher products. Where does that food go?
Here. In 2013 alone, Table to Table rescued and delivered enough food for more than 11 million meals.