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Apr 09, 2020

Dedicated Food Bank Employee Dies from Complications of the Coronavirus

“It is an incredibly sad day at Fulfill, as we lost a champion for the hungry, a dedicated colleague and a dear friend,” said Kim Guadagno, Fulfill CEO and president and former Lieutenant Governor of New Jersey.

Fulfill, formerly called the FoodBank of Monmouth and Ocean Counties, announced the passing of Diana Tennant on April 6. She had been working there for 12 years, most recently as part of Fulfill’s Resources Connections team. The 51-year old from Bradley Beach leaves behind three adult children and a grandchild.

Tennant’s passing was noted by Gov. Phil Murphy in his press conference and her story has gained national attention.

“There are many heroes of this coronavirus crisis – nurses, doctors, police officers, firefighters, EMTS and, like Diana, food bankers on the front lines with the public making sure people who need food and services receive help,” Guadagno said. “She adored serving the community, and we will carry on Diana’s mission to feed our hungry neighbors.”

Chairman of Fulfill’s Board of Trustees Jeremy Grunin added, “Let’s honor Diana’s memory and remember her beautiful heart and spirit through our actions.”

As a safety precaution, the Fulfill Distribution Center in Neptune has been professionally sanitized. Additionally, all who enter the building must wear masks and gloves, and have their temperatures checked by a staff nurse before entry to the building. Social distancing is strictly enforced.

Prior to the coronavirus crisis, Fulfill was feeding 136,000 people in Monmouth and Ocean counties per year, 50,000 of them children. Fulfill was moving 1 million pounds of food each month for families in Monmouth and Ocean Counties. Now, the demand for food is at least 30 percent greater. In the past 18 days, Fulfill has served an additional 170,000 meals as a direct result of schools and businesses being closed and people losing their jobs.

Follow Fulfill on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and Instagram, and share posts to help raise awareness about hunger. To donate or volunteer, go to FulfillNJ.org.