Emily GirschSep 14, 2017, 1:28 pm

Jersey City food pantry reopens to help those struggling to make ends meet

Saint Peter’s University campus kitchen makes 2,200 meals a month with the help of volunteers

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Volunteers at Saint Peter's University originally started the campus pantry in 2014 and delivers more than 2,000 meals a month to people in need. This comes during September, which is Hunger Action Month.

According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, up to 40 percent of food is wasted daily, and one in six Americans are food insecure. Volunteers at the campus kitchen at Saint Peter's University are hoping to bridge the gap between those two statistics in Hudson County.

Eric Sekel started the campus kitchen three years ago. Back then, the kitchen made 200 meals a month. Now they're making 2,200 meals a month with the help from volunteers who want to give back.

Using leftover food from grocery stores, dining halls and cafeterias, volunteers with the campus kitchen take hundreds of meals to homeless shelters and to others in need.

Starting this fall, the food kitchen located at St. Aedan's Church now also features a clothes closet and a place to pick up toiletries.

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