Our resources and efforts are dedicated to assisting North Jersey communities. The Foundation assists disadvantaged children and families through funds that provide disaster relief for food, clothing and shelter, help with medical needs, and support literacy and educational programs. In furtherance of our vision to become the most significant charitable organization in North Jersey, our current initiatives are as follows:

Action Against Hunger®

Action Against Hunger was launched in 1991 as a one-day food drive. Held each year in either September or October, it has grown into the largest food drive in the country, serving more than 10 pantries and over 40,000 families. We started this program in response to news reports in 1990 detailing the increasing problems of hunger among residents in Northern New Jersey.

Seed funds and employee time for the food drive are contributed annually by The Foundation of Northern New Jersey and are used to support the food drive including signage, solicitation of sponsors, advertising, media exposure, volunteer supplies, and site supplies. This is an amazing day that brings together hundreds of volunteers for a wonderful cause.

General Fund

This initiative was established so that the Foundation can distribute money to the areas where there is the most need. Distributions could be to any of the other initiatives within the Foundation or to other local organizations in the community such as Eva’s Kitchen, Gilda’s Club, Hackensack University Medical Center, and Camp Sunshine, as well as various local art and educational organizations, just to name a few.

Disaster Relief Fund

The Disaster Relief Fund was created as a direct result of September 11th. The Foundation of Northern New Jersey was one of the first in the world to respond and establish a fundraising vehicle for the victims and their families. It is committed to assisting North Jersey residents who suffered losses due to the September 11th tragedy. As part of our on-going efforts, the Disaster Relief Fund has donated almost a half-million dollars to assist families and victims of September 11th.

The majority of funds raised for this cause have come from The Record’s world famous photo of three firefighters raising the American flag at Ground Zero. This photograph has become a global message that life, and America, would go on.

To apply for a grant, contact Jennifer Borg at