Grantee Blog 2020

A Celebration of Health for Happiness and Wealth

On October 3, GRACE celebrated its one year anniversary in its headquarters the Cornog Field House.

The festivities had to coincide with the food distribution. The need to social distance and the need for basic essentials framed the choices. Health is the ultimate focus of GRACE from the groceries to the empowering activities. And so it was decided:  A health fair would be the best celebration this year for all the families of GRACE!

Atlantic Health brought nurses to answer COVID-19 and general health related questions while they screened for blood pressure. Summit Medical Group Foundation tested for COVID. The Lions Club brought their vision screening van and made referrals for additional eye exams and for free eyeglasses. In all, 72 patients came to the tables and vans to better understand their health.

COVID-19 brought so much upheaval with unexpected unemployment or underemployment, and mental health challenges stemming from anxiety, stress and isolation. So many GRACE shoppers did not feel safe to continue their routine medical appointments or did not have the capacity to attain medical help for their questions that came up since March 2020.

From October 3, there have since been three more COVID screenings and a flu shot clinic from Union County. There will be more COVID screenings to meet the increased demand. GRACE will be proud to host a larger flu shot clinic courtesy of Seqirus and Atlantic Health at two Summit locations on Friday, November 20. From 12-2 p.m. the Atlantic Health Community Health Outreach team will be at Summit Warm Hearts: the day center for Summit’s neighbors without addresses, and at the GRACE food distribution on the same day from 5-7:30 p.m.

Alexandra Green, the Atlantic Health Community Health Manager warned, “the flu shot is especially important this year. We need to cut down any risk of a twin pandemic”. The past eight months have shown that physical health and financial health and mental health collide to either engender better resilience and stability or to detail a person’s entire life. We at GRACE offer support each week in order to bolster all three elements thereby enabling and empowering stronger people and a stronger community overall— even in a pandemic.

About the Grantee


GRACE stands for Giving and Receiving Assistance for our Community’s Essentials. While essentials can mean nutrient-dense food, we also aspire to enable the security, stabilization and success for all our community’s households.