Wednesday, July 24, 2024

Project Self-Sufficiency Receives Nourishing Neighbors Grant from Acme

Funds Targeted to Breakfast Program for Children

Newton, N.J. – Project Self-Sufficiency received a grant from the Acme Foundation’s Nourishing Neighbors Program. The funds will be used to help ensure that every child has access to a healthy breakfast. Project Self-Sufficiency offers free food and limited personal care products to Sussex and Warren County residents through The Food Project, Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Patrons need not be agency participants.  

“We’re excited to partner with the Acme Foundation to help our community’s children start their days with a nutritious breakfast,” said Project Self-Sufficiency Executive Director Deborah Berry-Toon. “Together with the Acme Foundation, we’ll continue to tackle the ongoing food insecurity issues in our community.” 

Project Self-Sufficiency relies on community donations and grants from local businesses like the Acme Foundation to supply free food to children and families. The agency has distributed approximately 87,500 meals during the past year.

“We’re pleased to partner with Project Self-Sufficiency to address hunger issues in our community,” said Dana Ward, Acme Markets. “Nourishing Neighbors, together with partners like Project Self-Sufficiency, is making our neighborhoods better for our most vulnerable community members.”

Nourishing Neighbors is a charitable program of the Acme Foundation. The program aims to eradicate hunger in America by keeping food banks stocked and supporting meal distribution programs at schools. In 2022, along with the Albertsons Companies Foundation, the company contributed more than $200 million in food and financial support, including over $40 million through the Nourishing Neighbors Program to ensure those living in these communities and those impacted by disasters have enough to eat.

Project Self-Sufficiency is welcoming monetary donations to purchase food, as well as the donation of non-perishable items such as canned soups and stews, canned fruits and vegetables, fresh seasonal fruits and vegetables, frozen meals, coffee, tuna, pastas and sauces, peanut butter and jelly, toothpaste, shampoos and conditioners, hair care products, skin care products, laundry detergents, diapers and baby wipes, toilet tissue, facial tissue and feminine hygiene products. Monetary and food donations will be gratefully accepted at the agency Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monetary donations can also be made at

Those who are interested in accessing The Food Project: Nourishing Our Neighbors at Project Self-Sufficiency are invited to visit the campus, 127 Mill Street, Newton or call the agency, 973-940-3500.