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September 10, 2013

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September 10, 2013

The Center for Food Action has always been on the front lines combating hunger and homelessness in our local communities. CFA provides nutritious emergency food packages, rent and utility assistance, counseling and advocacy to many of our hard working neighbors who have fallen on hard times and may not qualify for other services. Our wonderful CFA staff members treat clients with dignity and respect and our volunteers provide countless hours of essential community service. They work day in and out to make a difference in the lives of thousands of people each year. CFA has also been in the forefront of helping those in our community who remain affected by Super Storm Sandy. They have coordinated with several other local charities to make sure these people continue to receive the help they need. I am very proud to sit on the Board of Directors at CFA and encourage everyone to go out and make a difference.

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If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

try to encourage everyone I know to get involved with CFA. If everyone does just a little, it will make a world of good.

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Will you volunteer or donate to this organization beyond what is required of board members?

Definitely

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

Will you tell others about this organization?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

August 17, 2013

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August 17, 2013

The Center for Food Action is, and has been for many years, providing vital food and other services to the communities of Bergen County, New Jersey. CFA's work is both practical and compassionate, and improves the quality of life for all in our communities.
We have been active supporters - as
volunteers, contributors, and Board members - for the past 25 years. It has been a wonderful experience.

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Will you volunteer or donate to this organization beyond what is required of board members?

Definitely

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

Will you tell others about this organization?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

August 6, 2013

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August 6, 2013

Center for Food Action is a non profit that helps NJ families. The organization provides food and other basic needs during difficult times. The people who run and work for CFA are devoted to this organization. They have years of experience knowing how to reach the people who need their help the most. They have tremendous respect for their clients and have a large group of long–term volunteers who continue to work for CFA because they see the good it does and how grateful the recipients are. I am proud to be a part of it.

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How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

Will you tell others about this organization?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

November 30, 2010

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November 30, 2010

I have volunteered at CFA since 1992. It is a wonderful organization that I am proud to be a part of. CFA's mission is to prevent hunger and homelessness and it provides emergency food relief, rent and utility assistance and advocacy to thousands of families, seniors and people who might otherwise fall through the cracks each year. The staff and volunteers work tirelessly and treat their clients with kindness and respect. CFA makes a difference in our local communities every single day.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

I am a volunteer and a Board member. I have helped with food drives, fundraising, programming and many other activities.

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If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

I would reduce the number of clients that need out help. But unfortunetly, I don't think that is going to happen any time soon.

November 30, 2010

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November 30, 2010

My first experience with CFA was 17 yrs ago. My company had wanted to set up a holiday food drive and we were directed to CFA as a local food bank that served a large section of our county. At that time I believe they only had 2 pantry locations. Both my company and I have been involved with them ever since. I have watched the need for food and emergency assistance grow since that time and I have been amazed and proud at how CFA has responded to this need. Their pantries now number 8 and clients come to CFA from every town in our county. CFA is a proven leader of services provided in crisis - from the aftermath of 9/11, to relocated victims of Katrina to the current economic downturn - they are there with care and compassion!

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

the letters and stories that have been received and shared with the Board of how CFA has made a difference in the day to day existance of so many people over the years. One story was about a client who had been recieving food and emergency assistance and had just gotten a job - but did not have the bus money to get to the job for the first week before she recieved a paycheck. CFA was able to assist her with bus money - a small amount that enabled this person to achieve some financial stability.

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If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

expand the locations and the hours that they are open as the need is great and growing. But this requires more qualified staff and funding to properly assist the clients.

November 30, 2010

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November 30, 2010

I have been involved with CFA for 18 years. What impresses me is the dedication to the mission of helping people and achieving this through the use of volunteers with limited paid staff and the broad base of support in community from Houses of Worship, schools, individuals, businesses and foundations. Someone once said it takes a "village". CFA plays a critical role in our village as a safety net when people need help now and other services are not available. CFA also does not sit still. Always looking to find better ways. This year the hours are being expanded to nights and weekend to help the working poor. The new snack pack program to reach children is great opportunity to improve the nutrition and insure kids don't go hungry.

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I have seen the faces of our clients when delievering Thanksgiving Dinners. I have visited the sites and met the staff and volunteers for first hand reports. Last week I had the opportunity to meet a volunteer who has worked at CFA every Friday for the last 18 years. He was honored to do it and will continue as long as he can.

Ways to make it better...

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Need a broader base of supportors and to find new sources of food donations.

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Will you volunteer or donate to this organization beyond what is required of board members?

Definitely

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

Will you tell others about this organization?

Definitely

How did you learn about this organization?

Through my church.

What is this organization's top short-term priority?

We are in the worst recession in 80 years. How maxamize help to our clients with our existing resourses and find more resources.

What is its top priority in the long run?

Continue the mission and find the gaps we are missing. Build our base of supporters.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

November 29, 2010

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November 29, 2010

Simply put, this is a wonderful organization of dedicate staff and volunteers who are trying to make a difference in their communities. Their kind hearts and creative minds are focused on finding ways to help others. The number of people in need continues to rise as unemployment remains high and government programs continue to decline. During this difficult period, CFA continues to provide assistance to a growing population many of them children who are unable to help themselves. The weekend snack pack program is just one example of how large an impact the work of CFA staffers, volunteers and generous donors can have on improving the lives of people in our communities.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Seeing the ever larger impact it has had on the communities that they support.

Ways to make it better...

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Find a way to give them more resources to work use for their programs.

November 24, 2010

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November 24, 2010

I first started volunteering at the CFA pantry in 2000. At first I was very nervous but got over it. It's very heart warming to see what this organization does for our neigbors. I pack groceries once a week and talk with some of our "clients"; sometimes I want to cry, they are so appreciative of what we do for them. Today more than ever we need to band together and help out those less fortunate to put food on their tables for themseves and their children.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

By listening to the stories of some of our clients.

Ways to make it better...

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Expand it's territory and bring in more funds.

November 18, 2010

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November 18, 2010

The Center or Food Action in Englewood, NJ reaches many in our area. I was speaking on behalf of CFA at a local church recently. A member of the audience approached me afterward to tell me how highly he regarded CFA. "Jeff" said that some time ago he and his family needed help putting groceries in their home. CFA was there to help see them through a very difficult time...he will never forget CFA for the helping hand it offered. "Jeff" could not say enough good things. He mentioned that he gave a substantial contribution that day to do his part to help CFA help others. That was the best testimonial we could have received! Thank you.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

The goodwill we generate is huge. I have enjoyed the opportunity to engage my employer and co-workers in the food drive effort for CFA. The legacy continues long after I moved on. That speaks volumes!

Ways to make it better...

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

We can work on further improving our website to present specific volunteer roles to boost CFA's volunteerism even more.

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