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In Nov. 2021 after ten years of our evolving mission and impact, we changed our name to Gathering Ground. You may still find reference to our old name Creative New Jersey in posts created prior to Nov. 2021.

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.

“Thank you for hosting Communities in Conversation. Having the opportunity to build new partnerships, share resources and problem solve with such a wide variety of community stakeholders was remarkable! The framework and format used created a truly valuable experience for everyone. I look forward to participating in future events like this.”

– Jaime L. Angelini, MA, DRCC, AMTP, Statewide Director of Disaster Services and Special Projects at the Mental Health Association