ENGLEWOOD, N.J. -- Children in Bergen County will get weekend snacks thanks to a grant awarded in memory of a local leader who died in 2014.
The Andrea Tilbian Halejian Memorial Fund awarded a $1,000 grant to the Center for Food Action (CFA), a nonprofit organization based in Englewood.
The purpose of the fund is to help local nonprofit organizations continue Halejian's legacy of community involvement and support. CFA was chosen for this grant because Halejian was a former volunteer.
The Wyckoff resident was also an active leader at St. Leon Armenian Church of Fair Lawn, and chaired the bike rally at Coolidge School in Wyckoff.
"The grant to CFA will be used to help sponsor their National Day of Service and Remembrance scheduled for Sept. 11 to benefit local children experiencing weekend food insecurity," said Alexis Halejian, a member of the Andrea Tilbian Halejian Memorial Fund's advisory committee.
During the event, community members will join together to assemble over 3,000-weekend snack packs for low-income children.
"Often times, children who receive free or reduced-price school meals during the week are left without adequate nutrition on the weekends. Our Weekend Snack Pack Program fills this gap," Alexis Halejian said.
"The grant will assure that 222 snack packs will be distributed from area schools to help local children in need," said Jennifer Johnson, Director of Communications & Community Relations, CFA.
The NNJCF offers a comprehensive menu of philanthropic opportunities in the areas of donor-advised funds, tax-saving annuities, and trust options that provide donors with flexible, efficient, and tax-effective ways to ensure their charitable giving has maximum impact.
"The donor advised services allow our advisory committee flexibility in the selection of nonprofit organizations for funds and in the amount of disbursement of funds to those organizations," said Halejian.
“NNJCF’s donor services program offers flexible and easy ways for people to contribute to the community on an ongoing basis. The Foundation perpetuates the important causes individuals and their loved ones care about," said Danielle De Laurentis, Associate Director, NNJCF.
For further information about the NNJCF, the Andrea Tilbian Halejian Memorial Fund, or to set up a charitable fund, call 201-568-5608 or send an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Andrea Tilbian Halejian was 61 when she died on June 28, 2014.
The wife of Dr. Barry Halejian, she was the mother of Alexis, Eric, Sarah and the late Andrew.
She worked for Bristol Meyers as a pharmaceutical representative and also at her husband's medical practice. For many years, she arranged for meals at Eva's Shelter in Paterson.