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Greater Bergen Realtors® Members Help feed Over 300 Bergen County Residents in Need

Published Monday, August 17, 2020 10:00 am

[Hackensack, NJ - August 7, 2020] Each year, Greater Bergen Realtors (GBR) members of the Community Service Committee and Young Professionals Network (YPN) have partnered with Bergen Family Promise to feed residents in need through their Walk-In Dinner Program. 

This year, due to the Covid-19 pandemic things were different, but that did not stop both committees from continuing their efforts in their support of this crucial cause that helps feed residents in need of Bergen County. Combined, both committees donated over 300 hot meals. These meals were delivered to residents and families who are in most need during this time of uncertainty.

Community Service Committee Chair Jeanine Suderlund said, “For many years the committee has volunteered on special dates and prepared or purchased meals and served them to the many members at the shelter. We realize how hard it can be for many at this time to put food on the table for themselves and their families. The goal of the committee and the GBR organization has been to raise funds, donate and participate where we can to feed our friends, neighbors, and all those that may not have a healthy meal on their tables every night.” Vice-Chair, Hilda Williams added “On Monday, July 27th, the Community Service Committee provided 150 hot meals for the Family Promise of Bergen County to feed those in need.  Due to the Coronavirus, we were not able to volunteer in person, but we were able to provide take-out meals that consisted of a hot dinner, dessert, and beverages.  As always, it was a pleasure working with the organization and we look forward to participating again soon.”

In addition, YPN donated the hot meals for that following Monday, August 3rd. YPN Chair, Tathiana Cespedes volunteered for the day, helping assemble 190 meals that were then dropped off to their respective locations. Cespedes stated, “there are no words to describe the feeling of being able to give back and serve the community. I’m grateful for the opportunity to have been able to help prep these meals for those in need.”

Al Di La Italian Bistro, located in East Rutherford, NJ worked with YPN by providing them with delicious Italian food that went to feed 190 people. “This is very rewarding”, states YPN vice-chair, Patrizia Maccarrone, “being able to help by providing a hot meal to those in need is incredibly touching, but especially this year. 2020 has impacted all of us on such a personal level. With the pandemic and all its ripple effects, it's heartwarming to me to be able to still help in some way. I want to thank Mr. Dominic Anfuso for his generosity, we really appreciate it.”

Greater Bergen Realtors is a longtime partner of Family Promise. Both organizations have worked together to help bring a warm meal to those who are in most need. Family Promise of Bergen County Executive Director, Kate Duggan said, “I wanted to personally thank you and the Greater Bergen Realtors for providing such a wonderful meal for former residents of the shelter and to members of the community on Monday evening.  Although we typically serve homeless individuals at the Walk-in Dinner, on Monday, we had a mother and 3 children arrive to get a meal.  Considering the status of food insecurity both nationally and locally, I am preparing for many more families to come to the Walk-in Dinner.  Thanks to your organization, we were prepared and had a substantial, healthy, and delicious meal to give to them. We are most grateful to you for spearheading this project and to all of the Greater Bergen Realtors!”

CEO of Greater Bergen Realtors Jorge Ledesma said, “As an association, we are proud to have members who are willing to step up and make a difference despite all the adversities that come our way. With a world pandemic and all the social issues taking place that clearly impact every single individual, it’s extremely rewarding for us to be able to carry on with our mission of working with other organizations to help improve the lives of people in our communities.”

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