Hudson County Hunger Project
Founded by Mory Thomas, co-owner and chef at Square 1 Community Eatery in Journal Square, and Dr. Leeja Carter, the Hudson County Hunger Project was born out of a discussion between the friends about the impact of the pandemic on our community and restaurants and feeling compelled to help. The program was created to address Hudson County’s most critical hunger needs one meal at a time by providing warm, fresh meals to the most vulnerable population of seniors, homeless, and citizens with disabilities. The co-founders partnered with the Hudson County Department of Health & Human Services and local restaurants to put together pre-made, nutritious, restaurant-quality meals and make 200-300 drop offs per week. So far, 711 meals have been delivered in Hudson County. As a chef, it’s important to Thomas to make food for the people receiving these meals that he would eat himself. For example, a favorite menu item is the bacon and thyme meatloaf with homemade mashed potatoes and fresh green beans.
“Our senior population is going to have to stay home longer than us as things open up because they’re at a higher risk,” said Thomas. “You have this whole new population of seniors and people with disabilities who have never been in this situation before and need help. We’re honored and happy to help during this surreal time.”
Outside of the project, Square 1 is open to the public only on Saturdays and serving their top five most popular menu items of all time for pick up and take away. To volunteer, DM through Instagram.