Livingston Philanthropies Expands Food Distribution

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The Willing Heart Community Care Center (WHCCC) in Newark, a Livingston Philanthropies, Inc. (LPI) distribution associate since the Livingston-based charity’s inception in 2011, became the fourth organization to receive LPI food shipments during the pandemic.
“With this week’s delivery to Willing Heart’s Tuesday food pantry program, Livingston’s extreme generosity provided 500 pullman loaves of wheat bread to help feed families living below the poverty line,” noted LPI founder and director Jeff Friedman. “Pullman loaves, usually delivered to restaurants, are larger than loaves found in grocery stores, and can be cut in half to provide sustenance for two needy families.”
Lisa Cherokee Raine Booker, a long-time LPI friend, a Willing Heart “Lady of the Boutique,” and LPI’s liaison to the organization, commented, “Thanks so much, Livingston Philanthropies! Your donations are greatly appreciated.”
Next up for an LPI shipment is another distribution associate, Newark Emergency Services for Families (NESF), located downtown on Broad Street. “Thank you for all of your support,” said Amina Bey, executive director of NESF. “Our next food pantry is the last Thursday of the month, June 25. Bread is great for the families!”
LPI’s shipment was received early this week for immediate distribution to the homeless and profoundly poor.
With its usual collection of clothing and toiletries for the homeless suspended because of the pandemic, LPI has been collecting monetary donations to ship food to its inner-city distribution partners. “A small, tax-deductible contribution goes a long way,” said Friedman. “To join the effort, visit LPI’s website at, or donate by mail to LPI, P.O. Box 247, Livingston, NJ 07039.”

Photo:     Food pantry volunteers at Newark’s Willing Heart Community Care Center received an additional 200 loaves of bread on Tuesday morning. The donation was funded by Livingston residents and shipped by Livingston Philanthropies, Inc. (LPI).

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