National Vision Administrators (NVA) Helps NJ Food Pantries Get Fresh Food From Home Gardeners

NVA President, Dave Karlin, Appointed President of AmpleHarvest.org’s Board

National Vision Administrators (NVA), a Clifton, New Jersey-based vision benefits administrator, is partnering with nonprofit AmpleHarvest.org to help home gardeners donate their surplus produce to feed the hungry throughout the state. According to The Feeding America’s 2012 Food Insecurity Report, in New Jersey, the food insecurity rate is at 13%, with 1,141,890 people being “food insecure.” Food insecurity refers to a condition where a lack of access to safe and nutritious food prevents people from living healthy and active lives. The numbers have grown annually as indicated in The Feeding America 2014 study, which noted that 62% of feeding programs in New Jersey saw an increase in demand over the previous year.

NVA’s President, David Karlin is now serving as AmpleHarvest.org’s board president and NVA has donated $10,000.00 to fund the creation of the first national database of food pantries that enables home gardeners to donate excess vegetables and fruits. A pioneering nonprofit, AmpleHarvest.org has created the first ever national registry/database of food pantries to expedite donations from home and community gardeners. NVA is supporting the effort and encouraging other companies to do the same.

According to the Natural Resource Defense Council 2017 report, 50% of our produce is never consumed. Food waste comes from a variety of sources including produce that is discarded by millions of backyard gardeners, estimated to be more than 11 billion pounds based on an analysis by Cisco Systems. Food is wasted because gardeners harvest more than they can use. This excess could feed 28 million people in the U.S. annually. Moreover, food pantries nationwide desperately need fresh food. Each year, they feed 50 million people.

Established in 2009, AmpleHarvest.org helps 42 million home and community gardeners end food waste and hunger by educating and making it easy for them to donate their excess garden produce to one of more than 8,000 nearby food pantries. According to AmpleHarvest.org Founder and Executive Director Gary Oppenheimer, “Our research shows that four out of five gardeners are willing and able to donate produce to a local food pantry but simply don’t know how. Not only does AmpleHarvest.org give home gardeners the information they need to do this, but our new database, which NVA is helping us build, will accelerate these much-needed donations.”

According to NVA President and AmpleHarvest.org Board President, David Karlin, “Corporate sponsorships are vital to completing our state and national databases, which will make donating fresh food that would otherwise go to waste much easier. At its core, AmpleHarvest.org is the community in action. It is individuals across our nation sharing their surpluses to help feed their neighbors in need.” “NVA sees the importance in feeding our neighbors from a health perspective.  We know a diet filled with fruits and vegetables is good for our overall health, but researchers have found it can benefit your eyes too.  Some fruits and vegetables contain carotenoid compounds such as beta-carotene, lutein and zeaxanthin, and vitamins C and E which are all good for your eyes.”

NVA Helps AmpleHarvest.org Create Database of Food Pantries, Add One

About NVA

National Vision Administrators is the national vision benefits company that created the
NVA Smart Buyer® program, which helps people be smarter buyers of eye care and eyewear. Supporting AmpleHarvest.org will enable home gardeners to be smarter stewards of their bounties. To serve the needs of its clients, NVA is unique in being independently operated and not owned by an optical retail chain or lens/frame manufacturer. NVA provides 24/7/365 live U.S.-based customer service. For more information about the company, contact 1-888-682-2020 or visit www.e-nva.com.

About AmpleHarvest.org

AmpleHarvest.org, Inc. is a 501c3 not-for-profit organization that works to diminish food waste and hunger in America by educating, encouraging and empowering growers to easily find a local food bank eager to receive their excess garden bounty. For more information, visit http://www.AmpleHarvest.org/presskit or call AMPLE-6-9880 (267-536-9880).

 

 

 

 

“Music and Memories” Gala To Benefit Alzheimer’s New Jersey In April

New Jersey Nonprofit to Celebrate the Power of Music and

Raise Funds and Awareness in the Fight Against Alzheimer’s disease

Alzheimer’s New Jersey announces its Gala, an annual event to benefit Alzheimer’s and raise awareness of the disease that impacts over 500,000 individuals and their family caregivers throughout New Jersey. This year’s theme is “Music and Memories” and the night will consist of dinner, dancing, a silent auction, and spectacular musical entertainment.

The Gala will be held on Thursday, April 6, 2017 at 6:30 p.m. at The Grove, 691 Pompton Avenue, Cedar Grove, NJ. Cocktail attire is preferred.

Alzheimer’s New Jersey is a nonprofit organization that focuses on providing support, assistance and information to individuals with Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias and their caregivers in New Jersey. The organization plays a crucial role in delivering programs and services to New Jersey families facing Alzheimer’s disease as 100% of the funds raised support local residents.

To celebrate the power of music, Alzheimer’s New Jersey is honored to have performances throughout the night from local musicians, singers and songwriters including Giselle Bellas of Jersey City, Brian Kirk and the Jirks of Red Bank and the Concordia Youth Chorale based in Central Jersey.

“Our Annual Gala is one of our biggest events of the year and it is an amazing gathering of the local community to support a cause and raise awareness of a disease that impacts so many right here in our own state,” said Ken Zaentz, President and CEO, Alzheimer’s New Jersey. “This year, we are honored to be entertained by performers from throughout our state to truly bring our event to life and represent New Jersey.”

Every year at the Gala, Alzheimer’s New Jersey honors individuals and organizations that have made a significant contribution to advancing the mission of Alzheimer’s New Jersey through the Circle of Honor Award. This year, the organization will be recognizing Volunteer of the Year, Ramsey resident, Stephen Donnelly as well as presenting two Corporate Philanthropy Awards to Chelsea Senior Living and Sunrise Senior Living. All recipients have gone above and beyond in supporting Alzheimer’s New Jersey in their mission to support families facing Alzheimer’s disease in New Jersey.

For more information, to order tickets, or make a contribution, please visit www.alznj.org.

About Alzheimer’s New Jersey

Since 1985, Alzheimer’s New Jersey has provided care and support for New Jersey families and has helped advance research for a cure. As Alzheimer’s New Jersey (formerly known as Alzheimer’s Association, Greater New Jersey Chapter), their commitment to local programs and services is stronger than ever. Their mission is to provide support, assistance and information to individuals with Alzheimer’s disease and dementia, their families and care partners; and to support research into the causes, prevention, treatment and cure of Alzheimer’s disease. Visit alznj.org or call 888-280-6055 for more information.