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World Food Day: How Can You Contribute to #ZeroHunger?

World Food Day is celebrated every year on October 16th to honor the start of the Food and Agriculture Organization in 1945. The point of this day is to bring awareness to and stop world hunger, as well as ensuring food security and nutritious diets for everyone. FAO’s goal is to stop world hunger by 2030 and they believe that it is  very achievable if we all pitch in. They have named this effort The Zero Hunger Challenge. There’s really no reason for ANYONE across the globe to be starving. We have already made progress towards #ZeroHunger, why stop now?

 According to FAO, “out of the 129 countries monitored by FAO, 72 have already achieved the target of halving the proportion of people who suffer from hunger by 2015; over the past 20 years, the likelihood of a child dying before age five has been nearly cut in half, with about 17,000 children saved every day; extreme poverty rates have been cut in half since 1990”. If this isn’t progress, I don’t know what is. This should encourage us to keep pushing, to reach the ultimate goal. 

In NJ alone, 1,141,890 people are “food insecure”, according to End Hunger NJ. This puts the food insecurity rate at 13%, which may seem like a small percentage to you, but just think about those people who are actually apart of that 13%. Luckily, New Jersey cares, and therefore, there are many programs dedicated to decreasing this number to 0. We just have to participate. 

Here are 5 New Jersey based organizations that are dedicated to ending world hunger:

1. Hunger Free New Jersey

Hunger Free New Jersey works to eliminate world hunger by educating the public of the issue’s causes and solutions, growing their organization with diverse individuals, and fighting for legislative and policy changes to ensure that NJ residents have enough healthy food to eat. 

2. Table to Table

Table to Table collects perfectly good food that would be disposed of and delivers it to over 160 community organizations which include soup kitchens, homeless shelters, elderly homes, and after-school programs. They serve the hungry in Bergen, Essex, Hudson and Passaic counties. This year, they have promised the delivery of over 20 million meals. 

3. Rutgers Against Hunger

Rutgers University has developed Rutgers Against Hunger (RAH) to address hunger across New Jersey. This involves bringing awareness to the issue, developing research, encouraging participation, and putting an end to hunger through food drives and other events to raise money and collect food. RAH is not limited to  those affiliated with the institution. Rutgers encourages all concerned citizens to join them and take action. 

4. Community Food Bank of New Jersey 

The Community Food Bank of New Jersey, located in Hillside and Egg Harbor Twnshp, fights hunger through food and nutrition programs, food stamps, and their Food Service Training Academy (FSTA). The FSTA starts from the root of the problem, by addressing the main cause of hunger, poverty. They provide graduates with job skills that make them marketable. Its a free, 15-week program that teaches students about communication,  nutrition and healthy cooking. So far, they have graduated over 2,500 students, with a job placement rate of 90%. 

5. Curbing Hunger, Inc. 

Located in Basking Ridge, NJ, Curbing Hunger, Inc. is a community based program that provides food for the hungry when food banks are unable to due to low supply. This usually happens during the summer months, which forces most bank to close their doors. This is why their motto is “Hunger doesn’t take a vacation”. Their mission is to reduce hunger during the most crucial times, when supplies are low, by supporting food banks and pantries, and encourages others to do the same. 

These are just five of the many programs available in New Jersey to help end hunger. It is so easy to visit an organization’s website and click “Donate”. Anything counts. The ways in which you can help are limitless. Volunteer, donate, start your own organization. So, how will you contribute to #ZeroHunger

Robby Younes

Robby Younes on Wine Enthusiast 40 Under 40 List

#HipNJ would like to shine some spotlight on Passaic County resident and Crystal Springs own Robby Younes. He has been named one of Wine Enthusiast’s 2018 40 under 40 Tastemakers! Younes is the only tastemaker from New Jersey this year! The Wine Enthusiast 40 Under 40 list recognizes winemakers, beverage directors, brewers, grape growers, and others who are shaping todays’ beverage industry.  Those who make the list are known as innovators and risk takers, and Robby Younes is just that! 

Educated in France, Robby spent several years working in boutique hotels. Then, in his twenties, he quickly became an executive. He joined Crystal Springs Resort as Food & Beverage Director of Grand Cascades Lodge in 2008. He and Gene Mulvihill, the owner, expanded the Wine Cellar, turning it into one of the largest collection of fine wines in the country. Younes changed the entire restaurant portfolio as Regional F&B Director and Wine Director and also opened the Chef’s Garden, a garden offering a seasonal dining experience. In addition, as V.P. of Hospitality, he oversaw the elevation of Grand Cascades Lodge to AAA 4 Diamond status and led the renovation of Minerals Resort & Spa. He also created the  annual New Jersey Wine & Food Festival, bringing some of the world’s best chefs to Crystal Springs including Daniel Boulud, Thomas Keller, Jose Andres, David Bouley, Francis Mallman, and more.

For over ten years, Robby has overseen the Crystal Springs wine program, starting as Director of Food & Beverage and becoming Wine Director and Vice President of Hospitality and Resort C.O.O. Though he has never stopped building the award-winning wine program. The program holds Wine Spectator’s highest honor, the Grand Award, and was recently inducted in the Wine Enthusiast‘s Restaurant Hall of Fame. Thanks to Robby, this wine program is the best of the best!

HipNJ's Weekend Recap: 8/24 - 8/26

HipNJ’s Weekend Recap: 8/24 – 8/26

Miss out on a fully packed weekend? #HipNJ has the scoop on what you missed. Keep reading to see what happened near you!

INTERNATIONAL WINE FESTIVAL

INTERNATIONAL WINE FESTIVAL – AUGUST 25

Over 100 wines from ten of the world’s most prestigious wine producing countries? Sounds like you’re kind of weekend, Golden Nugget hosted a International Wine Festival on August 24 & 25. Those prestigious countries include Italy, Spain, France & more! August 24 was the “Wine and Jazz Reception Under the Stars” event, and the Grand Tasting happened on August 25.

RED BANK FOOD & WINE WALK

RED BANK FOOD & WINE WALK – AUGUST 25

Red Bank’s walkable downtown district is home to an array of upscale restaurants and casual eateries that will appeal to your palate. guests could explore picturesque Red Bank while enjoying food and/or beverage samples from over 20 participating restaurants, bars & eateries. There was also three hours of top tastings!

All Time Low and Dashboard Confessional

ALL TIME LOW AND DASHBOARD CONFESSIONAL – AUGUST 26

All Time Low and Dashboard Confessional announced a massive North American tour this morning (May 14) that includes 17 dates throughout the summer, some of which included New Jersey Locations. The Summer Ever After Tour will start in St. Paul, Minnesota on Aug. 3 and end Aug. 26 in Asbury Park, New Jersey. The concert had the crowed going crazy for more!