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COVID-19 Briefing #8 (5.20.20) – Food Security and Access

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Gathering Ground’s Statewide Conversations — COVID-19 Response

Call #8 – May 20, 2020

Topic: Food Security and Access during COVID-19

Guest Speaker #1: Dwayne A. Curry, Program Officer – Robert Wood Johnson Foundation

Guest speaker #2: Mary Celis, Director, Health Initiatives – Passaic County Food Policy Council, United Way of Passaic County

Guest speaker #3: Alex Wills, Community Relations Director – Cathedral Kitchen

Resources shared by speakers and participants during the call include:

  • Food banks and pantries
  • Where to find info on food banks and pantries
  • Farms, Farmers markets and community gardens
  • Food deliveries and delivery services


Download the full summary and resources links here.

“Walls came down, bridges were built, inspiration was shared, challenges were tackled, hope was renewed because people who care took the time to come together to have meaningful conversation.Thank you for creating the environment to make this possible. We are stronger together.”

– Doug Goulding, Chief Serving Officer at NCS Paterson and the Paterson Health Initiative

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