Basement Waterproofing

The Healthy Way

Unlike other waterproofers in New Jersey, we provide our customers with a streamlined process for all of their waterproofing needs. Our goal is to get to the crux of your home’s issues. If we spot signs of water in your basement, we go right to the source of the problem, working hard to fix structural deficiencies to prevent problems like mold growth and foundation damage. We are proud to be New Jersey’s one-stop shop for all of your basement waterproofing needs. New Jersey homeowners choose Healthy Way because our experts are friendly, experienced, harworking, and fully certified. We won’t rest until your waterproofing problems are solved. Because we specialize in both interior and exterior waterproofing services, you won’t have to worry about hiring a laundry list of contractors to correct your moisture problems. With Healthy Way provides all-inclusive basement waterproofing in Neptune, it’s no surprise that New Jersey residents trust Healthy Way to make their homes more livable every day.

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The Healthy Way Difference

At Healthy Way, we strive to set ourselves apart from the competition by offering the best basement waterproofing services in New Jersey. We won’t be happy with our work until you are 100% satisfied, whether you need a thorough moisture inspection or a large-scale waterproofing project. Our basement waterproofing experts are certified, trained, and have worked on more than 4,000 repairs. They understand that your moisture problems aren’t like anybody else’s, which is why all of our waterproofing proposals are created specifically for your home. You won’t find any “one-size-fits-all” solutions here, and we wouldn’t have it any other way.

  • Best warranties in the industry
  • Free initial inspection
  • Full-service basement waterproofing
  • Mold remediation
  • Foundation repair
  • Water management solutions tailored to your unique situation

Once your basement waterproofing project is complete, we make it a point to keep our staff available to address any questions or concerns you may have. Our goal is your 100% satisfaction, from the moment you call our office to schedule an inspection to the time you sign off on our work.

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Waterproofing Services in New Jersey

With more than two decades of experience and a team of fully certified and trained waterproofing professionals, there is no waterproofing project in New Jersey that we can’t handle. When not addressed, water and moisture problems can cause serious health risks for your family. We’re talking buckling walls, sinking foundations, and even toxic mold. With your home’s value and your family’s health on the line, you must attack these problems head-on, and the best way to do that is by bringing in the Healthy Way team. Some signs of existing water problems in your home can include:

  • Signs of rust or oxidation on metal fixtures
  • Mildew residue
  • Water stains on your foundation’s walls and floors
  • Erosion of your concrete
  • Mineral deposits found on pipes
  • Flooded landscaping after heavy rain or snow
  • Pooling water around your foundation’s interior
  • Humidity levels above 60% in your basement or crawlspace
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Basement Waterproofing in Neptune

Healthy Way has been providing the most trusted, effective basement waterproofing in New Jersey since 2007. Waterproofing your basement is crucial to protecting the value of your home and the safety of your family. That is why we only employ the best, brightest, fully-certified experts, who will treat your home like it was their very own. Taking shortcuts just isn’t in our nature. We use innovative technology and time-tested techniques to discover and solve your basement’s water-related problems.

Because basement wall leaks and water seepage are often caused by structural issues, external waterproofing is required. While some companies only seal the interior walls of your basement, Healthy Way goes the extra mile to fix your water issues inside and out. That way, your basement leaks stop for good.

Once we find the root of the water issues in your basement, we will get to work on a custom-designed solution that will exceed your basement waterproofing needs.

Our basement waterproofing services in New Jersey help prevent the following problems:

  • Mold growth, which can cause serious health hazards for your family
  • Basement flooding
  • Loss of valuables
  • Serious water damage to your home’s walls and floors
  • Decrease in home value

Don’t wait to address the moisture developing in your basement – call Healthy Way today for a customized solution to your water seepage problems.

What Causes Moisture in Your Basement?

It’s easy to spot water leaking through a crack in your basement, but most homeowners don’t know that there is a potential for water issues without heavy rains or obvious signs of standing water. At Healthy Way, we try to educate our clients on the real causes of water in your basement. Here are two of the most common reasons why you might need basement waterproofing in Neptune:

Clay Bowl Effect

The “Clay Bowl” Effect

It might not be evident on the surface, but many basements are built in a below-grade dip, which is surrounded by backfill. Because backfill is made up of soil that was removed during foundation digging, it creates an empty shape or “bowl” effect. Once the foundation is finished, this loose soil is placed back around the foundation. Unfortunately, soil of this consistency is more absorbent and porous than the undisturbed soil around it, which is hard-packed and less porous. When rain or thunderstorms occurs, the soil closest to your home becomes saturated, putting pressure on your basement walls.

Hydrostatic Pressure

Hydrostatic Pressure:

This kind of pressure affects homeowners with property built below the water table or on a hillside where water runs down a hill. When the soil around your foundation becomes saturated, it will expand and put intense pressure on the walls of your foundation and basement. This pressure can create cracks, giving water an easy route into your basement.

How Healthy Way Solves Your Basement Waterproofing Needs

Having a wet basement not only puts your health at risk, it lowers the value of your home and makes it more difficult to sell. The good news? We offer a number of waterproofing services and products to solve your problems fast. A few of our solutions include:

  • Sump pumps
  • Perimeter drainage systems
  • Doorway drainage systems
  • High-strength washer hoses
  • Floor and wall crack repair
  • Replacement windows
  • Flood protection for your water heater

When you use Healthy Way for basement waterproofing in New Jersey, you can rest easy knowing that all our systems come with a written, lifetime warranty. This warranty is transferrable, meaning you can re-establish your home’s value and give future owners confidence knowing that their new home is protected.

The Healthy Way Basement Waterproofing Process

Because every home is different, your basement waterproofing solution could be vastly different than that of your next-door neighbor. Many factors play a part when it comes to keeping your basement dry and safe for living. As a general rule, we approach each issue with a “prevention over repair” mindset. By taking this stance, we give our clients a more cost-effective, long-term resolution. We’re not in the business of putting a “Band-Aid” on your water problem – we want to fix your issue completely, so you don’t have to worry about recurring problems. Our effective basement waterproofing systems include a mix of the following strategies:

Interior Waterproofing

Interior Waterproofing

Interior waterproofing methods usually start with our team ensuring that any holes or cracks in your basement floors, walls, and windows are sealed properly. Sealing cracks in your basement is an important first step since this is usually the first place where water can enter your home. Our sealants keep your basement dry and help prevent more moisture from finding its way into your home. Interior waterproofing strategies like these also help lower humidity levels in your basement. While sealants and other interior waterproofing strategies help correct initial issues, they don’t usually solve the underlying problem causing leaks in your basement. Those issues are most often found outside your home.

Exterior Waterproofing

Exterior Waterproofing

Once our team is finished with your interior waterproofing, we will move to the exterior of your home. Waterproofing the outside of your home is often a more complex, nuanced goal. Because of the difficult nature of exterior waterproofing, we recommend you consult with our team of professionals before tackling the job on your own. Generally speaking, our team beings the outdoor waterproofing process by excavating the soil around your home’s foundation. Once we remove the soil surrounding your foundation, our experts will apply a polymer-based sealant to any cracks we discover. This sealant is a long-term solution and should remain intact for the life of your home. While the Healthy Way team solves your outdoor moisture problems, we will also check your downspouts, to make sure they aren’t clogged. An inefficient gutter system does a poor job of directing water away from your home’s foundation, which can cause more moisture to seep into your basement over time.

Exterior Waterproofing

Drainage Systems

One of the most common reasons that people need basement waterproofing in cityname is because they have a poor drainage system. A proper drainage system is paramount in keeping your basement dry and your family safe. These systems are meant to direct water away from your home and come in many forms, from French Drains to simple systems like ground soil. If you’re thinking of installing a complex drainage system, save yourself some time and check the soil around your foundation first to make sure it isn’t retaining moisture. If a more complex system like a sump pump is required, it’s best to work with certified professionals like those at Healthy Way, to make sure your drainage system is installed correctly.


Because every home is different, it’s hard to say what kind of waterproofing solution is right for your situation. Most homeowners require a combination of interior and exterior waterproofing. There are dozens of factors that come into play when it comes to waterproofing your home, so the answer to your problem may be different than your neighbor’s. The good news is that Healthy Way is fully equipped to handle whatever moisture issue you’re having. We will work tirelessly to make certain your basement is dry, mold-free, and safe to enjoy. That way, you can get back to living life rather than worrying about mold growth or foundation damage.

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Other companies may offer temporary or partial solutions. At Healthy Way, we believe in correcting the problem completely, so you save money and have long-term peace of mind. Our goal is to fix your problem to prevent it from coming back, or we won’t do the work!

If you require quality basement waterproofing, it all starts with a FREE inspection from our certified waterproofing experts. We will take as much time as you need to find your problem, develop a solution, and walk you through our process step-by-step.

Don’t let water leaks and foundation damage create a dangerous environment in your home; contact the experts at Healthy Way today!

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Latest News in Neptune

Remember Clancy’s Tavern? Is There A New Seafood Bar & Boil Opening At That Location In Neptune, New Jersey?

In December, unfortunately, we found out about the closing of Clancy\'s Tavern. Brothers, Ed and Kevin Kelly ran the restaurant together for nearly 20 years. The bar in Neptune was well known and I definitely miss stopping there for a tasty meal. Luckily, we still can support the same owners at Kelly\'s Tavern in Neptune City!...

In December, unfortunately, we found out about the closing of Clancy\'s Tavern. Brothers, Ed and Kevin Kelly ran the restaurant together for nearly 20 years. The bar in Neptune was well known and I definitely miss stopping there for a tasty meal. Luckily, we still can support the same owners at Kelly\'s Tavern in Neptune City!

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With that, I was recently driving into Asbury Park and I finally realized the Clancy\'s Tavern shamrock was no longer on the front of the building. Instead, it was a logo of a blue crab and where it used to say "Clancy\'s Tavern", it now says, "Sea Crab - Seafood Bar & Boil". I immediately pulled into the parking lot, took some pictures, and did some research. Here\'s what I know...

Ed & Kevin Kelly sold the restaurant and liquor licenses to Crab Tales 66 - This less than a year old Neptune restaurant specializes in Southern-style seafood boils. They are located at 3548 NJ-66 in Neptune. The reviews are very solid and I think it\'s a place you should definitely try if you have the chance to. Keep in mind, it\'s the same owners but different restaurant names. You have Crab Tales 66 (the restaurant that is already open) and Sea Crab (The restaurant at Clancy\'s Tavern Location).

Soooo what about the Sea Crab?

To be honest, it seems like things are in limbo. The last time the Sea Crab Facebook page posted anything was back in January. I\'ve read reports about them possibly opening sometime in the summer but from the looks of it, things are moving very slow. Crab Tales 66, the restaurant that is already open, recently posted on their Facebook page:

Like many restaurants out there, we are understaffed. If you or someone you know are looking for a summer or side job, please visit us in person at 3548 Rt-66, Neptune NJ, or talk to us via email at [email protected] to learn more about joining us.

Clearly, if they are having a hard time getting people to work at the restaurant that is open, it\'s probably difficult to open a whole new location. I\'m not saying it won\'t happen, it might have to happen after the summer? That\'s just my opinion. Getting in contact with Sea Crab has been difficult...

I\'m rooting for this place and I think it would be a tremendous addition to Neptune! If you have an update, COMMENT & SHARE - locals would love to know. - Jimmy G

Do You Know These Outstanding Athletes Representing New Jersey In The Olympics?

I have soooo much Jersey pride and I know you do too! So when I found this list of New Jersey athletes and coaches heading to the Olympics by Carly Baldwin from The Patch, I had to highlight it! The fact that that Bruce Springsteen\'s daughter, Jessica Springsteen, is going to Tokyo has us all wondering what Jersey athletes and towns are representing us in the Olympics. Maybe an athlete from...

I have soooo much Jersey pride and I know you do too! So when I found this list of New Jersey athletes and coaches heading to the Olympics by Carly Baldwin from The Patch, I had to highlight it! The fact that that Bruce Springsteen\'s daughter, Jessica Springsteen, is going to Tokyo has us all wondering what Jersey athletes and towns are representing us in the Olympics. Maybe an athlete from your town is representing us in the Olympics this year! So many talented Jersey peeps! Scroll through to see the list...

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Sydney McLaughlin, Dunellen: 400-meter dash. This 2017 graduate of Union Catholic Regional High School crushed a world record earlier this year when she became the first woman to run the 400-meter hurdle in under 52 seconds. McLaughlin was born in Dunellen and raced for Union Catholic. This will be her second Olympics: At just 17, she was the youngest athlete to qualify for the U.S. track and field team in the 2016 summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro. She is now 21.

English Gardner, Voorhees: 100-meter dash. She grew up in Voorhees and graduated from Eastern Regional High School. She won gold in the 100-meter dash in the 2016 Rio Olympics, so she\'s looking for a repeat this summer.

Curtis Thompson, Trenton: Javelin throw. A Trenton native who is a 2014 graduate of Florence Township Memorial High School; this will be his first Olympics.

Sam Mattis, East Brunswick: Discus throw. Mattis, 27, is a graduate of East Brunswick High School and went on to the University of Pennsylvania\'s Wharton School of Business, where he was the 2015 NCAA national champion in discus throw.

Rudy Winkler, Rutgers: Hammer throw. He was raised in New York state but he got his MBA from Rutgers. This will be his second Olympics this summer.

Tracy Eisser, Fair Lawn: Rowing: Born in Summit and raised in Fair Lawn, this will be Eisser\'s second Olympics. She competed in Rio de Janeiro in 2016, finishing fifth in the women\'s quadruple sculls. She graduated from Cornell University and has a gold and bronze medal under her belt, according to her Team USA profile.

Kara Kohler, Princeton: She trains with her Team USA teammates at the U.S. Olympic Rowing Center in Princeton.

Molly Reckford, Short Hills: Raised in Short Hills, Molly learned to row while attending Phillips Exeter Academy. She comes from a rowing family, her grandfather, Bill Spencer, was a two-time Olympian and longtime coach for Team USA in Biathlon.


Dagmara Wozniak, Avenel: Dagmara moved to the U.S. from Poland at age 1, and her family settled in Avenel. She graduated from Colonia High School and she was part of the Team USA women\'s fencing team that won bronze in the 2016 summer Olympics in Rio. She\'s lived in Hoboken and Jersey City.

Jackie Dubrovich, Riverdale: Born in Paterson, this Pompton Lakes High School grad went on to graduate from Columbia University in 2016.

Alan Hadzic, West Orange: This Montclair High School graduate earned a degree in economics from Columbia.

Francesca Russo, Wayne: This 2014 graduate of Wayne Valley High School went to Notre Dame.

Khalil Thompson, Teaneck: Thompson and his sister are both stand-out fencers; they got their start in the sport when it was offered as an after-school program at Teaneck High School. Thompson is currently enrolled at NJIT.


Morgan Pearson, New Vernon/Spring Lake: Pearson, 27, is originally from Spring Lake, where he grew up as a competitive swimmer, ocean lifeguard and high school runner. He went on to run cross-country and track & field at the University of Colorado at Boulder, where he was a seven-time All-American.


Jessica Springsteen, Colts Neck: Yes, she\'s that Springsteen! This family can\'t help but be filled with overachievers! The daughter of Jersey\'s crown jewel, Bruce Springsteen and singer-songwriter Patti Scialfa, was recently named to the U.S. Olympic equestrian team\'s jumping squad. She will compete aboard her 12-year-old Belgian Warmblood stallion Don Juan van de Donkhoeve, which she keeps at her family\'s 368-acre Stone Hill Farm in Colts Neck. Jessica is 29 and grew up in Rumson. She began riding at the age of four.


Carli Lloyd, Delran: This Jersey Girl is plastered all over my 16 year old daughter\'s walls. There has not been a poster that she does not have of Carli! Tokyo will be Lloyd\'s fourth Olympic games.

Tobin Health, Basking Ridge: Health grew up in Bernards Twp. and graduated from Ridge High School in 2006. Just like Lloyd, this will be her fourth Olympics; she was on the 2008 and 2016 U.S. women\'s soccer team that won gold.

Baseball (baseball is returning to the Olympics this summer for the first time since 2008):

Todd Frazier, Toms River: As a kid, Frazier was on the Toms River East American Team that won the 1998 Little League World Series. He went on to Rutgers, where he is considered one of the best baseball players to ever attend RU.

Patrick Kivlehan, Rutgers: Outfielder Kivlehan played two sports in his time at Rutgers, football and baseball. He is originally from Nyack, New York. The Mariners drafted him in the fourth round of the 2012 MLB draft. This most recent season, he played for the San Diego Padres.


Nic Fink, Morristown: This Morristown native qualified for the games after winning the men\'s 200-meter breaststroke in the U.S. Olympic Swim Trials.

Colton Brown, Piscataway: Born in New Brunswick, Brown graduated from Piscataway High School in 2009. He first went to his first Olympics in 2016 and is coached by his father.


Tatiana Kovaleva, Middletown/Holmdel, will coach Team USA Gymnastics: Kovaleva owns Elite Trampoline Academy in Middletown and she will head to Tokyo later this month, as she has been selected to coach two trampoline athletes for Team USA. She will coach Aliaksei Shostak, 26, and Nicole Ahsinger, 24, on the trampoline, who both train in Louisiana. This will actually be Kovaleva\'s second time going to the Olympics as a coach: In 2012, she coached U.S. gymnasts in the London summer Olympics.

Darren Fenster, Rutgers, Team USA baseball coach: Fenster attended Rutgers from 1997-2000, where he was a two-time All-American shortstop and four-year starter. He went on to play five years for the Kansas City Royals. Fenster has been a coach with the Boston Red Sox since 2012. In this summer\'s Olympics, he will be the third-base coach.The Olympics begin with the Opening Ceremony on Friday, July 23 and end Sunday, Aug. 8. These are technically the 2020 Olympics as they were supposed to be held last summer, but were postponed due to the pandemic.

The Olympics kick off with the Opening Ceremony on Friday, July 23rd and end Sunday, Aug. 8th. Just a side note, these are actually the 2020 Olympics since they were supposed to be happening last summer, of course it was postponed due to the pandemic.

We are SO PROUD of all of you!!!!!!!!!!! Go get it!!!!! We\'ll be pulling for you! #TeamUSA #JerseyPride

NJ legal weed deadlines are approaching. What will the next year bring?

The next six weeks will set the tone for the next year of legal weed in New Jersey.The New Jersey Cannabis Regulatory Commission is set to meet Tuesday, at a time when marijuana is at the forefront of municipal government meetings as local officials try to figure out if and how deep they want to get invo...

The next six weeks will set the tone for the next year of legal weed in New Jersey.

The New Jersey Cannabis Regulatory Commission is set to meet Tuesday, at a time when marijuana is at the forefront of municipal government meetings as local officials try to figure out if and how deep they want to get involved in the cannabis industry.

Towns have until Aug. 21 to pass ordinances opting out of the industry — banning marijuana sales and businesses — or altering their zoning laws to regulate where such businesses, like dispensaries, could be located.

That same date is a deadline for the state commission to publish its rules and regulations for the legal weed industry, the first step before accepting proposals for issuing licenses for recreational marijuana businesses.

"There\'s a very high level of expectation. People who are interested are already developing their businesses — reaching out to the service providers they need, the real estate market, the attorneys — all in hopes of getting the infrastructure they need to submit a successful application," DeVeaux said. "People are getting ready."

The CRC has invited speakers on Tuesday to discuss regulations for packaging, labeling and advertising cannabis products and companies.

Packaging and labeling has been a minefield in other states where recreational weed is legal as regulators seek to keep cannabis products out of the hands of children — specifically edible forms of marijuana, like chocolate and cookies.

On the black market, such products are often sold in packaging that parodies a candy bar or other product.

Advertising is an equally tricky task for cannabis businesses, as many networks won\'t let them advertise on television or radio since marijuana is still illegal under U.S. law.

Some states have placed further bans on how and where such companies can operate. In Colorado, cannabis companies famously sponsored highway clean-ups and used "adopt-a-highway" signs as their advertising to get around a ban on billboards.

Here\'s what you need to know about legal weed in New Jersey, and what to keep an eye out for over the coming weeks:

Towns are opting out of marijuana

Over 100 municipalities in New Jersey have already adopted or are in the process of adopting ordinances that would completely opt out of the legal weed industry.

Some have passed ordinances that will allow marijuana businesses, but only in certain zones and under certain rules.

The reasons for opting out of the marijuana industry are varied. Some municipal officials are just flatly against marijuana. In Point Pleasant Beach, Mayor Paul Kanitra said it\'s "not because I\'m anti-marijuana, it\'s because I\'m anti- any more vices in town."

In Lacey, Mayor Peter Curatolo, as the township committee voted against weed businesses, claimed that gangs would come in and undercut legal weed. He suggested that marijuana users "Uber some pot over if you need it that badly."

But far more municipalities have opted out simply due to the time constraints, claiming six months was scant time to permit them to decide the future of weed businesses within their borders.

"Towns are banning it only because the state said, \'you have six months to figure out what you\'re going to do with this,\' and unfortunately government doesn\'t move that quickly," Howell township manager Brian Geoghegan said last week, as the town considered an opt-out ordinance simply as a time-saving measure.

The League of Municipalities, which offers information and guidance to municipal officials, has recommended towns opt out until the CRC, which oversees both the legal weed and medical marijuana industries in the Garden State, issues its formal rules and recommendations.

The League of Municipalities has told municipal officials that they can always revisit the issue later, and take the time to rewrite their ordinances to allow such businesses under specific circumstances.

Some municipalities are going full speed ahead with legal weed, including Jersey City and Atlantic City.

A number of smaller suburbs, often with bustling downtowns or big business corridors, have passed or advanced ordinances embracing legal weed, including Somerville, Highland Park and Neptune.

"Someone had to be first and it might as well be us," Somerville Mayor Dennis Sullivan said.

It\'s crunch time for the CRC

The legal weed industry in New Jersey will remain at a standstill without three major decisions to be made by the CRC.

First, there are the rules and recommendations that will govern how the legal weed industry will work. The marijuana legalization laws enacted in February left a lot of power in the hands of the CRC, which has until Aug. 21 to publish and adopt them.

Edmund DeVeaux, president of the New Jersey CannaBusiness Association, said he expects the regulations to be rolled out gradually, starting with some guidance on what will be required in order to get a license to sell, grow, process or deliver marijuana.

"That\'s what people really want to see, they want to see the requests for applications," DeVeaux said. "They know that this industry is moving forward, that people are taking it seriously, but it\'s time to put it in context. We know it\'s real, but it\'s not real until we can touch it."

Then, there\'s the issue of expanding the medical marijuana market. The CRC has yet to issue any of the 24 medical marijuana licenses that the Department of Health, which oversaw medical marijuana until this year, was supposed to issue in 2019 before a lawsuit threw a wrench in the process.

There are currently only 20 operational dispensaries in the state, most of them owned by one of a few different parent companies.

Growing the number of dispensaries and cultivation sites will exponentially increase the availability of the product, allowing for less strain on patients who have faced $500 price tags and massive shortages throughout the history of the New Jersey Medical Marijuana Program, which was established in 2010.

And beefing up the medical marijuana opportunities for patients is vital in providing an answer to the top question posed by marijuana entrepreneurs and enthusiasts alike:

When can we start buying and selling recreational marijuana legally?

This could happen as soon as next month — but it will require a lot of work.

The best chance New Jersey has of an up-and-running legal weed market this year is through its existing medical marijuana dispensaries, provided the towns in which they\'re located sign off.

That can\'t happen until the rules and regulations are adopted, which is supposed to happen in August.

But officials have already said that such dispensaries won\'t be permitted to sell to the general adult population until they can prove that the patient population is satisfied.

"In order to launch a legal market on the backbones of our current industry, we would really need to see action across the board,” CRC Executive Director Jeff Brown said at the commission\'s first meeting in April.

DeVeaux and the New Jersey CannaBusiness Association have advocated for at least another round of medical marijuana licenses, in addition to the 2019 licenses sitting in limbo.

"We should create opportunities under that program and under that process first, and that will certainly help a constituency (patients) that we know exists and continues to grow," he said.

The two issues are intricately entwined and the commission will have to sort them both out before you ever get a chance — without a medical marijuana card — to buy an ounce of legal weed in the Garden State.

Mike Davis has spent the last decade covering New Jersey local news, marijuana legalization, transportation and basically whatever else is going on at any given moment. Contact him at [email protected] or @byMikeDavis on Twitter.

10 Things New Jersey Food Pantries Need Right Now

NEW JERSEY — Summer is supposed to be a relaxing time for kids — a time to put away books and enjoy their breaks from school. Yet for 13 million kids, relaxation can be far from their minds, instead replaced by worry as they wonder where they\'ll get their next meal.Those kids are among the 42 million people who may be at risk for chronic hunger in the United States 2021, a number that\'s only been exacerbated by the pandemic, according to Feeding America, one of the nation\'s largest hunger relief organizations.An ...

NEW JERSEY — Summer is supposed to be a relaxing time for kids — a time to put away books and enjoy their breaks from school. Yet for 13 million kids, relaxation can be far from their minds, instead replaced by worry as they wonder where they\'ll get their next meal.

Those kids are among the 42 million people who may be at risk for chronic hunger in the United States 2021, a number that\'s only been exacerbated by the pandemic, according to Feeding America, one of the nation\'s largest hunger relief organizations.

An estimated 9.37 million people in South and Central Jersey experienced food insecurity during the pandemic, with local food banks seeing a 19 increase in demand from last quarter 2019 to last quarter 2020.

Before the pandemic, 762,530 residents in New Jersey were considered food insecure, according to Feeding America. The continuing economic fallout from the health pandemic is expected to swell the rate from 8.6 percent in 2019 to 11.7 percent in 2021, or 1.037 million New Jersey residents who are on the brink of hunger.

The struggle intensifies during the summer months. While in school, about 30.4 million kids rely on the National School Lunch program for free and reduced-price meals, according to the most recent data from the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

However, during the summer months, only a fraction of those kids take advantage of traditional summer meal programs offered through schools.

Congress took several steps this year to ensure kids continue to have easy access to food throughout the summer months. In March, the U.S. Department of Agriculture announced the extension of several waivers through Sept. 30. The extension allows all school districts to offer summer meals to all children, regardless of income level, free of charge.

The USDA\'s Meals for Kids Site Finder also was established to help children, parents and others quickly and easily find summer meal sites near them.

While summer meal programs are expected to serve close to 54 million meals this year, according to Feeding America, not every family has convenient and easy access to a summer meal site.

This is where food pantries could step up to fill in gaps. This means now is yet another good time to make a donation to our local food pantries.

Wondering what to donate? Here are the 10 items most food pantries, including those in New Jersey, need during the summer months:

It\'s important to note that a food pantry\'s most-needed items don\'t tend to change from school to summer months. Most could use these donated items year-round, according to Feeding America.

Food pantries and food banks have experienced a 55 percent spike in usage through the pandemic, according to the latest Feeding America data, erasing a decade\'s worth of progress toward ending hunger in the United States.

Here are some food pantries in New Jersey (Find the one closest to you with this link):

Community Food Bank of New Jersey

31 Evans Terminal

Hillside, NJ 07205


Fulfill, the Foodbank of Monmouth and Ocean Counties

3300 Route 66

Neptune, NJ 07753

Food Bank of South Jersey

1501 John Tipton Blvd.

Pennsauken, NJ 08110


Here are some other resources to consider if you want to give but aren\'t sure where to start:

Feeding America serves 200 member food banks that serve and supply 60,000 food pantries, kitchens and meal programs around the country.

FIND FOODFind your local food bank

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Patch has partnered with Feeding America to help raise awareness on behalf of the millions of Americans facing hunger. Feeding America, which supports 200 food banks across the country, estimates that in 2021, more than 42 million Americans won\'t have enough nutritious food to eat due to the effects of the coronavirus pandemic. This is a Patch social good project; Feeding America receives 100 percent of donations.* Find out how you can donate in your community or find a food pantry near you.

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Achieving the American Dream and Paying it Forward

The Lukes came to the U.S. seeking more opportunity and a chance at the American Dream, now Renita Luke-Sibbon of Neptune, NJ, is an HMH Business Manager and CPT in the US Army ReservesAt the age of 15, Renita Luke-Siddon moved with her family from St. Joseph, Dominica to Long Branch, NJ. The island nation Dominica has a population of less than 90,000. “It was quite a culture shock coming from our small yet beautiful caribbean home to plant our roots in such a diverse, expansive country,” said Renita....

The Lukes came to the U.S. seeking more opportunity and a chance at the American Dream, now Renita Luke-Sibbon of Neptune, NJ, is an HMH Business Manager and CPT in the US Army Reserves

At the age of 15, Renita Luke-Siddon moved with her family from St. Joseph, Dominica to Long Branch, NJ. The island nation Dominica has a population of less than 90,000. “It was quite a culture shock coming from our small yet beautiful caribbean home to plant our roots in such a diverse, expansive country,” said Renita.

The Lukes came to the U.S. seeking more opportunity, prosperity and a chance at the American Dream. Now 22 years later, Renita serves as business manager of Hackensack Meridian Jersey Shore University Medical Center’s Jane H. Booker Family Health Center and recently received a promotion to CPT in the United States Army Reserves.

Hackensack Meridian strives to be a diverse, equitable and inclusive organization, reflective of the diverse communities it serves. Several resource groups are in place, as part of the Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion department, to assist its team members in their development and performance improvement, and provide recognition and guidance. “Renita benefited from our Women in Leadership resource group and her mentor Vice President and Chief Medical Informatics Officer Dr. Lauren Koniaris and in turn helped us advance our Veterans Team Member resource group as the co-chair,” said Avonia Richardson-Miller, EdD, vice president, Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion at Hackensack Meridian Health.

“I became interested in the U.S. military after speaking to a recruitment officer in high school and learning about the growth opportunities and personal support the armed forces provides servicewomen and -men,” said Renita. “After graduation I went on to Brookdale Community College then later enlisted, completed basic training, and was stationed at military bases across the country.”

Renita is part of the Medical Corps unit as an Operations and Logistics/Health Services Administrator and served on active duty five years. “I believe Renita’s military background and giving nature provides her the tools she needs to be such a successful and caring leader,” said Annamarie Cutroneo, MHA, CPXP, vice president, Operations/Support Services at the academic medical center.

The Family Health Center provides a wide range of acute and preventative health services to meet the needs of the community including dentistry, HIV Testing and Care, OB/GYN, pediatric, among other services. “Renita is a wonderful leader and very supportive of her team,” said Annamarie. “I’m privileged to work with her. She makes the most of every opportunity and embraces challenges.”

Renita has served as a reservist for the last eight years and diligently completes her annually required training, keeping her in good standing with her superior officers. During this time she juggled family life, her career, as well as education. Renita has a Bachelor of Science in Health Care Management, Master of Science in Health Service Administration and Executive Education in Healthcare Management. She also is on her way to achieving a Doctorate in Strategic Leadership. “It definitely has not been easy managing all of my responsibilities. I’m incredibly grateful for the support I’ve had from my loved ones, professional colleagues and leaders as well as the support services provided by Hackensack Meridian Health. Without them I would not have been able to achieve my goals,” said Renita.

“I’m so proud of her accomplishments and her efforts to help other team members throughout the network. In many ways, Renita embodies the American dream, where everyone has an opportunity to succeed and find happiness,” said Avonia. “She is an extraordinary individual and we are fortunate to have her on our team. As we work toward our goal to increase diversity among our leadership ranks, we honor the service of our veterans and value the experience and skills they bring to the workforce – this is certainly a critical pipeline for diverse talent.”

The veterans team member resource group’s mission is to provide support and resources for veterans and active military team members of all branches of the U.S. Armed Forces as well as their families. “As co-chair of the group, I want to help and support others as I have been assisted in my life. Hackensack Meridian aims to be a military friendly organization, attracting, retaining and recognizing our military team members and empowering them to grow in their careers,” said Renita.

For information about the Family Health Center, call 732-869-5700 or visit


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