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MEND Green Bean Gala Raises More Than $90K to Fight Food Insecurity, Support Pantries

On March 9, the first-ever Green Bean Gala — the newly branded annual fundraiser for MEND — raised $93,105.

“On behalf of MEND, I am sending a quick note to thank you for your support of The Green Bean Gala last night,” MEND director Robin Peacock wrote to contributors following the event. “The energy that everyone brought to The Woodland, and the generous donations from our sponsors and guests, have us truly in awe of, and grateful for, our growing community of supporters.”

“Our preliminary information shows that you helped raise over $90,000 in revenue for our hunger relief network!” Peacock continued. “That will help us provide Sister Linda [Klaiss] — and our 18 other food pantry managers — with much needed food for their patrons, and will go a long way toward allowing us do even more to support their efforts.”

Named for MEND’s school-bus-turned-mobile-food-pantry, funds raised at the Green Bean Gala help “MEND” — which stands for “Meeting Essential Needs with Dignity”— supply fresh and healthy food to its network of 19 food pantries in Essex County,” including nine in Newark, three in East Orange, and one each in Bloomfield, Irvington, Maplewood, Montclair, Orange, South Orange and West Orange.

Green Bean Gala event sponsors included Kings Food Markets, Summit Medical Group Foundation, Karen Hartshorn Hilton and Jim Hilton, 4 elbows, Dyanna Moon Properties, Allison Kalsched, Farm & Fork Society, JLM Design, Pollock Properties Group, The Able Baker, AV Hero Fund and New Jersey American Water.

“Thank you for everything you’ve done to help our organization grow,” wrote Peacock to Green Bean Gala attendees, “and for making the night so much fun!”

The event committee included:

Event Committee:

  • Kelly Jin-Hendel, Chair
  • A. Jabbar Abdi
  • Jamie R. Anthony, Jr.
  • Katherine S. Cahill
  • Magaly Denis-Roman
  • Benjamin Eyler
  • Kendra Gathers
  • Jeanne Gordon
  • Frank McGehee
  • Marie McGehee
  • Dyanna Moon
  • Robin Peacock
  • Sunanda Sharma
  • Claire Sinclair
  • Brooke Tippens
  • Kathryn Wile

Find out more about MEND here.

Donate to MEND here. 

Photos by Claire Sinclair and Joy Yagid:

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