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November of 2009 Suzanne Stigers founded “Coupons for Community” CFC uses donated manufacturer coupons and volunteers shop for 40 food pantries, soup kitchens, homeless shelters and social service agencies in 6 counties in northern New Jersey. CFC volunteers conduct fundraisers to raise money. Over the last 5 years and using 1000’s of coupons CFC has purchased over $500,000 worth of food and toiletries for barely $100,000. 40+ volunteers meet on a weekly basis.   2010 CFC adapted the “100th Day of School” program to show children what 100 pennies can buy. Students are asked to bring in one toiletry item we use every day, items not covered by food stamps, yet necessities in life. Numbers have risen each year with 50 schools participating in 2015 across 6 counties in northern New Jersey and 1 in Harlem, NY. Over the last 5 years, nearly 40,000 items have been collected and distributed.   2010 CFC started the “Harvest for Community” program Local farmers donate their surplus of fresh produce on a weekly basis. CFC volunteers pick up and deliver the donations. Over the last 5 years, recipients are grateful to receive the tons of fresh food that would otherwise be thrown away. 2010 CFC started the “Seasonal Events” program CFC volunteers shop for items for over 1,000 Thanksgiving baskets. CFC volunteers host an annual “Toy Giveaway” that distributes over 200 gifts to children in need. CFC volunteers host an annual “Good Friday” luncheon that serves lunch and provides Easter baskets to over 100 families.   2010 CFC started lending support to multiple “Children’s Summer Lunch Programs” CFC partners with local food pantries and soup kitchens to provide school children who would normally have their lunch available at school, but do not during the summer months, to provide these children with extra food and toiletries.   2011 CFC started “Cooking with Coupons” Families in homeless shelters or those living on food stamps learn how to shop with coupons, budget their money and cook healthy meals. The goal is to teach a family of four how to cook and eat for $50 or less a week. Over the last 4 years, hundreds of families have gained the life skill to budget their limited income, cook healthier meals and shop with coupons.   2013 CFC started “Cuts for Community” CFC partners with local hair stylists to provide free haircuts to children and adults in conjunction with their Cooking with Coupons and Back to School events.  Hundreds of people have been able to take advantage of this service.   2013 CFC started “Backpacks for Community” CFC partners with local food pantries and soup kitchens to provide school children with backpacks filled with needed school supplies.  Hair stylists also provide free haircuts to the children and their parents so the entire family is ready to begin the new school year.  Lunch is also provided to 1,000 community members.  500 backpacks were distributed in 2014. December of 2014, “Connect for Community” was established and opened its first Connect for Community Center in Sparta, NJ.
Providing food and toiletries to food pantries, soup kitchens, and social service agencies. Serving those in need in our local communities since 2009. 246 Woodport Rd Sparta, NJ 07871 973-347-8737 info@couponsforthecommunity.com The Good Samaritan Act  
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