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Atlantic Stewardship Bank Wins President’s Award For Efforts To End Hunger

Paterson, NJ — CUMAC’s HELP Dinner & Silent Auction will be held at The Tides in North Haledon on Tuesday, November 15, 2016. The annual event honors outstanding individuals and groups who are leading the fight against hunger in northern New Jersey. Launched by CUMAC in 1998, the HELP Dinner has recognized over 40 community leaders over the last 19 years.  Atlantic Stewardship Bank will be receiving this year’s President’s Award, the organization’s highest honor, for their commitment to alleviating food insecurity in New Jersey. 

CUMAC and Atlantic Stewardship Bank have a relationship that spans over 2 decades.  In 1999, Atlantic Stewardship Bank provided an essential loan to CUMAC that allowed the organization to purchase a 27,000 square foot warehouse on Ellison Street in Paterson, which has facilitated the agency’s growth from a small pantry into the multi-programmatic response to hunger and poverty that it operates today. Since then Atlantic Stewardship Bank has remained dedicated to CUMAC’s mission by regularly participating in days of service, holding food drives and organizing special collections to curb hunger in Passaic County and beyond. 

Atlantic Stewardship Bank has also donated over $100,000 to CUMAC through its unique tithing program.  This has been critical to helping the rapidly growing agency provide vital resources for the thousands of individuals and families that turn to CUMAC’s programs to keep from experiencing the effects of hunger and poverty. 

“CUMAC brings the community together under its capable leadership, employees and volunteers in an effort to eradicate hunger,” says Paul Van Ostenbridge, President and CEO of Atlantic Stewardship Bank. “It is a privilege for ASB to have supported CUMAC for three decades and we extend our best wishes and prayers for continued success as they reach out to help others in need.” 

Along with Atlantic Stewardship Bank, CUMAC will be honoring Kathleen Altobello of Ridgewood for her extraordinary volunteer efforts and student Jack Zimmerman of Dumont with the Don Brown Memorial Scholarship. 

“The HELP Dinner is a wonderful annual tradition to highlight some key contributors while looking back on a year of the impact made by many generous hands and donations” says Lynne Bruger, CUMAC’s Development Director. “The timing is also important as the event helps us raise money to carry CUMAC through the busy end of year.” 

With the holiday season approaching, Bruger and her staff expect longer lines and more clients in CUMAC’s food pantry in the weeks ahead. Funds raised by the HELP Dinner will support CUMAC’s programs, which have served over 30,000 people in need in 2016. This year’s event will include a silent auction featuring over two dozen prizes.

The 19th Annual HELP Dinner & Silent Auction will be held at The Tides on Tuesday, November 15 at 6:00pm. Tickets are $75 and can be purchased on CUMAC's event page.  For more information please contact Jennifer Miller at 973-742-5518 or events@cumacecho.org.