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Friday, June 14, 2024

Project Self-Sufficiency Receives Neighborhood Grant from The Starbucks Foundation

Newton, NJ (August 4, 2023) – As part of The Starbucks Foundation’s Neighborhood Grants program, Project Self-Sufficiency was selected to receive a $1,000 grant. Through this unique program, The Starbucks Foundation invites Starbucks partners (employees) to nominate a local organization in their community. This grant award is thanks to a nomination from a local Starbucks partner (employee) who recognized Project Self-Sufficiency’s work on behalf of low-income individuals and families in northwestern New Jersey. Since 2019, more than 10,000 grants have been awarded to local organizations, amounting to more than $15 million.

Funding from The Starbucks Foundation will help support the wide range of services provided by Project Self-Sufficiency, such as high school equivalency education, parenting classes, and assistance with emergency basic needs, like food and clothing.

“We are honored to have been recognized by a local Starbucks employee to receive this grant from The Starbucks Foundation,” commented Project Self-Sufficiency Executive Director Deborah Berry-Toon. “Their support will help us to continue to provide essential programs and services tailored to the unique needs of the most vulnerable members of our community.”

The Starbucks Foundation’s Neighborhood Grants program supports grassroots, community-led nonprofit organizations through catalytic investments in the form of grants. Neighborhood Grants also help build sustained local impact and inspire increased employee engagement with nonprofit organizations that work in their communities. “Our employees know their communities best and have shared great insights about the organizations helping to uplift others in their neighborhoods, from supporting youth and families to fighting hunger and promoting environmental stewardship,” said Alicia Vermaele, executive director of The Starbucks Foundation. “Through our latest round of Neighborhood Grants, we’re proud to support local organizations nominated by Starbucks partners who make our communities stronger.”

About Project Self-Sufficiency

Project Self-Sufficiency has assisted low-income individuals and families in northwestern New Jersey since 1986.  Services offered at Project Self-Sufficiency include high school equivalency education, computer courses, employment skills training, job placement services, support groups, parenting classes, childcare and preschool, legal assistance and education, counseling and advocacy, referrals, and help with emergency basic needs, like food and clothing.  For more information about the programs and services offered by Project Self-Sufficiency, visit or call 973-940-3500.

About the Starbucks Foundation

The Starbucks Foundation strengthens humanity by transforming lives across the world, with a focus on enabling community resiliency and prosperity and uplifting communities affected by disaster. Established in 1997, The Starbucks Foundation is a Section 501(c)(3) charitable organization under U.S. law. Learn more about the Neighborhood Grants program at Starbucks Stories.