Anonymous Foundation Challenges CUMAC to Feed the Need
Paterson, NJ — CUMAC, Passaic County’s largest feeding program, is in the midst of a special campaign to fight hunger this spring called the Feed the Need Challenge. As part of the challenge, an anonymous foundation has pledged a $5,000 grant to CUMAC if $90,000 can be raised by the organization during the months of March and April.
With 1 in 7 New Jersey residents struggling with hunger, the Feed the Need Challenge comes at a critical time for CUMAC. Demand for assistance has remained alarmingly high for the Paterson-based nonprofit. In 2015 alone, CUMAC’s programs served over 40,000 people through food assistance, disaster relief, job training, housing and other supportive services.
As CUMAC continues to serve an average of 3,000 people each month, regular donations have become increasingly important. “Financial donations form the foundation from which we build our programs,” says Rev. Pat Bruger, CUMAC Executive Director. “These funds allow us to continue feeding the hundreds of people who walk through our doors every week and support low income individuals with programs that help to raise them out of poverty.”
The Feed the Need Challenge provides donors with a rare opportunity to augment the impact of their gifts. Every dollar donated through April 30, 2016 will count towards the challenge. Rev. Bruger and the staff of CUMAC hope the challenge will raise awareness of New Jersey’s hunger crisis and inspire local residents to take action. “We need to open our eyes to the impact hunger is having in our community,” says Bruger. “There are thousands of families struggling to keep food on the table in New Jersey. Together, we can ensure that they are getting the help they need.”
To have your gift count toward the Feed the Need Challenge simply make a donation to CUMAC between now and April 30. Donations can be made online, on the phone (973-742-5518) or by mail (CUMAC, P.O. Box 2721, Paterson, NJ 07509).