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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.

“Attending Asbury Park’s Call to Collaboration was my launch for my girl-centered mentoring program. It was an informative and educational experience that I will forever value. I appreciated the opportunity to collaborate with community members from all walks of life.”

– Angela Ahbez-Anderson – Board Member & four-term President, Asbury Park School District (Asbury Park)

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