By Joshua Burd
The Kislak Family Foundation has earmarked $50,000 that will go toward supporting the New Jersey Pandemic Relief Fund.
The organization on Monday announced that it has awarded the funds to the Community Foundation of New Jersey, a nonprofit that manages individual and corporate philanthropy. The contribution will help the pandemic relief fund in its mission to raise money, organize and coordinate resources to fight the medical, social and economic impact of COVID-19 on New Jersey’s hardest-hit communities.
“The Kislak family business was founded in New Jersey in 1906, and I am proud of the Kislak Family Foundation’s continued support of those in need in our state, especially during this extraordinary time when COVID-19 is dramatically affecting nearly all aspects of our lives,” said Jason Pucci, chief operating officer of The Kislak Co. Inc. “New Jersey ranks second in the nation in COVID-19 cases and deaths and this important assistance exemplifies our late Chairman Jay I. Kislak’s legacy of meaningful philanthropy.”
The relief fund, or NJPRF, has distributed funds to organizations with demonstrated track records of caring for vulnerable communities, according to a news release. The initial round of grants went toward stabilizing the food distribution network that provides food security for more than 1 million residents, while subsequent funds helped provide testing, care and opportunities for self-quarantine to some of New Jersey’s populations in need, including pregnant women, the homeless and those seeking treatment for substance abuse.
NJPRF aid has gone to social services agencies, community organizations, food pantries, health care groups that serve children and persons with disabilities, social services agencies, medical providers and crisis centers.
“We are incredibly grateful for this generous grant from the Kislak Family Foundation that will make a significant impact in addressing the urgent needs of our community, both now and in the weeks and months ahead as we continue fighting this pandemic,” said Tammy Murphy, New Jersey’s first lady and NJPRF’s founder.
For more information or to donate, call 844-NJRELIEF (844-657-3543) or visit www.NJPRF.org.