Local Professionals Give Back to the Community

The Bergen Networking Group (BNG) met at the Center for Food Action’s (CFA) Englewood site where Fernando Sosa, President, presented Jennifer Johnson, Director of Communications, with the Networking Group’s financial contribution in support of the CFA message that “Giving Locally=Helping Locally”.

"The Center for Food Action is grateful for the ongoing support of the Bergen Networking Group. Their support helps make it possible to continue providing emergency food to local individuals and families in need," said Jennifer Johnson.

Mr. Sosa explained that the Bergen Networking Group, started in 2005, prides itself on its members and their dedication to the group and to one another. The BNG gives its members the opportunity to build strategic partnerships, find new business opportunities, and learn from others' experiences in a friendly and professional atmosphere. This not only makes for better networking, it also places the membership in a much better position to assist visitors who are perhaps seeking valuable, reliable and dependable resources for their own businesses. Mr. Sosa also added that “the BNG members also realize that in addition to the responsibility they have for one another, there is also a need to connect with the community.”

The Bergen Networking Group currently meets most Thursdays at 7:30 AM at Panera Bread, 165 E State Route 4, Paramus. Further information concerning the Group may be found at or by sending an e-mail to

CFA distributed over 70,000 emergency food packages and provided homelessness prevention assistance to nearly 2,000 households from eight sites in Northern New Jersey. CFA also provided over 18,000 weekend snack packs to local kids at risk of weekend hunger. For information about making donations, volunteering or CFA other programs, CFA at (201) 569-1804 or

Fernando Sosa, President, Bergen Networking Group, presenting Jennifer Johnson of the Center for Food Action, with the Group’s contribution.
Pictured, left to right, are: Fernando Sosa, Jennifer Johnson, Frada Marks, Larry Bauer.
Not pictured: Allen Ezrapour, Tamarha Ellerbe,
Allen Ezrapour, Tamarha Ellerbe, Michael Baer, Bob Masiello, Kelly Cassidy,
Ray Turkin, Cathy Green, Angela Mangano, Marjorie Brower


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