Dean Pastras accepts Food Brigade donation of $5000

Bergen’s Promise New Partnership with Food Brigade

Wednesday, September 29, 2021

Bergen’s Promise is happy to announce that we have partnered with Food Brigade, a hunger-relief nonprofit charity run by husband and wife team Carmine and Karen DeMarco.

Food Brigade is contributing $5,000 worth of ACME gift cards for current Bergen’s Promise families with food insecurity, in $25 increments (One Per Child in need). That’s 200 youth that will be able to benefit from this partnership.

"We are very grateful for The Food Brigade's generous donation of ACME gift cards," said Shelisa Foster, Chief Operating Officer of Bergen's Promise. "This will assist a number of families we serve who are experiencing challenges with food insecurities. We are thrilled to have The Food Brigade's support and look forward to an ongoing partnership which embraces the collaborative principles of Wraparound and champions our mission of 'Healthy Families, Safe at Home'," added Ms. Foster. "The Food Brigade truly makes a difference for Bergen County families."

Although the organization services its own clients, since its inception its operations have also included supporting other food pantries, hunger-relief groups, and social service organizations - now including Bergen's Promise. These types of partnerships are pivotal to the success of the families that we serve and demonstrates wraparound in action.

"We're pleased to join forces with Bergen's Promise, to assist even more Bergen County families dealing with food insecurity," said Karen DeMarco, President of The Food Brigade. "We knew that part of the mission of Bergen's Promise is to put together an array of services to benefit a child's growth, and to foster their future success. Food security plays a critical role in a child's development and well-being, so this partnership seemed like a perfect match."

In addition, they are launching a Delivery Style ordering system for people to order food. If you are not a current family with Bergen’s Promise, you still have an opportunity to benefit from this program by registering on their website and filling out a request.