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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Children & Youth, Employment Preparation & Procurement, Food, Food Banks & Pantries, Job Training, Personal Social Services, Youth Development Programs

Mission: CUMAC feeds people and changes lives. It works to alleviate hunger and its root causes for those in need in Paterson, Passaic County and northern NJ.

Target demographics: Low- income community members and families living in Paterson, NJ, Passaic County, NJ and northern NJ who are in need of groceries and social services. Also middle- school aged children from Paterson's School 5.

Geographic areas served: Paterson, Passaic County, and northern New Jersey

Programs: CUMAC provides bagged groceries to families and individuals in need in Paterson, Passaic County and beyond. Typically, we regularly feed over 3,000 people monthly - 1 in 3 are children, 1 in 5 have a disability or chronic illness and 1 in 9 are senior citizens.

Community Stories

52 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

AlexAnderDiaz

Donor

Rating: 5

CUMAC is truly a great organization that runs creative events to raise funds for hunger. From informing me about how hunger affects our cities and countries in a showing of "A Place at the Table" to satisfying my itch to run in the "Scare Away Hunger" event and to hear fantastic music at "Beetles Night." I enjoy the events that they run and the care and passion of the people who run them.

Previous Stories
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Volunteer

Rating: 5

CUMAC, what it represents, and what it does for the people of Paterson is truly inspiring. They provide quality food to those in need, job training for increased access to employment, as well as other services. I have volunteered at one of the food pantries associated with them and you truly could not meet kinder people.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Before Volunteering at CUMAC, I was unaware of how many people were positively effected by the work CUMAC does. I had the opportunity to work with Bert on the truck a few days a week. We went from store to store picking up different food and clothing that they wanted to donate. As we were pulling back into the parking lot each day, the faces of dozens of people on the streets lit up. It feels amazing to know that I was, and will continue to be, a part of an organization that is such a large help to so many people in need.

Dan_91

Volunteer

Rating: 5

CUMAC is a wonderful organization with wonderful people. I've helped out at a few of their events - serving pizzas, hauling gear, etc. and the people running it are some of the nicest folks I've had the pleasure to meet. They are all very warm and generous with their time. They also do such good works; I've gone to their pantry several times on errands for them and there are always so many people there who are recipients of CUMAC's generosity. They also hold terrific events like the Beatles Night and the Fresh Food Demo/Salad making contest. They are a pleasure to be around and a real asset to the community!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been lucky enough to volunteer with CUMAC for the past 7 months. It has helped me grow spiritually, emotionally, and mentally. Seeing the work the volunteers and employees put in really restores my faith in humanity. The amount of people this organization helps is mind blowing and I could not be more proud to say that I consider CUMAC part of my family.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

What an amazing organization and team of people! Our organizations has an annual day of service where we are able to partner with a local non-profit to volunteer with. I was referred to CUMAC by a friend, and we had the pleasure of partnering with them for our 2016 event. My coworkers and I were so impressed by the dedication of those who work and volunteer for CUMAC, and what they are able to do for the Northern NJ community. We are looking forward to working with and supporting CUMAC for many years to come!

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Advisor

Rating: 5

I’ve had the privilege and pleasure of working with the Team of dedicated individuals who lead and manage this outstanding organization. Through their tireless efforts I’ve seen how CUMAC successfully fulfills its mission of feeding people and changing lives each and every day. Through its food pantry, food depot, thrift shop, annual food and school supply drives CUMAC consistently and effectively serves the underserved, providing thousands of adults and children with food, clothing, and household supplies that address their basic living needs. On a more strategic level, by leveraging its 30 years of experience addressing the root causes of hunger CUMAC has become a leader in helping a coalition of local pantries and agencies more effectively manage shared food resources across northern NJ and helping residents connect to feeding programs that best serve their needs. CUMAC is an organization that makes a significant difference in people’s lives and is an essential resource to a struggling community that needs all the help it can get.

2 Cheryl170

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Giving back to our community is extremely important to me. I have had amazing experiences volunteering at CHCC, Bowery Mission Group and Project Literacy in the past. The time spent at each is extremely valuable and I enjoyed them immensely.

Recently, I found myself with some time on my hands and called Project Literacy to get back to tutoring. I wanted to do more, so I looked for something in addition that is close by. Immediately I found CUMAC and so happy I did!! I volunteer twice a week. The facility is incredible!! Not only do they supply fresh vegetables and meats and groceries, bakery items etc. they also have a space for clothing and household supplies.

The people are amazing. Stephanie, Adrian, Javin and the many volunteers and workers that I have met along the way are awesome. They are such a warm, wonderful, loving group of people! So blessed to have crossed paths with CUMAC! I look forward to Mondays and Thursdays and help out in anyway I can.

We are thankful to the many grocery stores and individuals that help supply food pantries! It saddens me that we need such facilities but so happy that people and grocery stores come together to fill the need. It feels so wonderful to be able to help each other out. It's what we are meant to do and it feels so good doing it!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I volunteer once a week helping out where ever they need me. I have a great time working with and meeting other volunteers. The staff is very friendly and cooperative. I find it very therapeutic helping others in need.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have recently started to volunteer weekly at CUMAC. When I leave, I can't wait to come back. The staff is very much appreciative of the volunteers and takes the time to answer questions and receive suggestions.

My favorite job is filling grocery bags with either meats, fresh produce or canned goods and pasta. In production line fashion we put a certain amount of items into each bag, knot the bag, and start again. I estimate we do about 100 bags each week doing the time I am there. Either that day or the next the bags are distributed to people who need them. I'm proud to help out so that others can have food to eat.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I’m a Volunteer at CUMAC for the past 5 months. I went to volunteer in Patterson, to be at “ground zero” for people in need. The adjectives that come to my mind are inspiring, impressive, caring, difference making, teamwork, and, dedication. The impact CUMAC is making to the community is impressive - feeding on a regular basis about 3800 residents per month, with more for fresh produce. They help those with clothing \ and apartment setup for those experiencing fires and other tragedies. They provide a hand to those staff and residence trying to re-establish their lives. The caring this group shows every day is inspiring. The teamwork and selfless time they give, way above the call of duty shows true dedication. And I mean everyone from administration staff, board members, general warehouse, volunteers, and everyone in-between. I see the impact on those in need every time I go. At times, It’s heart breaking, but it’s also a blessing, an organization like CUMAC is there to give support to those who need their services so desperately. CUMAC is on the front lines helping every day making a difference, G-D bless them.