Frank J. Guarini JERSEY CITY – The Hudson County Chamber of Commerce (HCCC) has announced receipt of a $100,000 gift by philanthropist and former Rep. Frank J. Guarini. The donation is in recognition of the 10th anniversary of the chamber’s rebranding effort and comes on the eve of Legends 10, the annual event at Liberty Science Center honoring outstanding members of Hudson County’s business community.The unprecedented donation was followed by additional gifts to 39 non-profit organizations who are members of the Hudson County Chamber of Commerce.Guarin’s generosity and support of the business community are legendary, as is his long history in Jersey City providing leadership and financial support for a multitude of institutions and agencies.“It is most important that our business community supports the good work of the Hudson County Chamber of Commerce and harnesses the energy and dedication of our non-profit community. Our future depends on working together with a common purpose. Together, through the Chamber, we can assure a successful and prosperous tomorrow,” Guarini said.The 129-year-old Hudson County Chamber of Commerce presently has a diversified membership of more than 600 businesses located throughout the County. It supports 50 programs annually and is ranked in the top 25 Chambers in New Jersey by NJBiz.Maria Nieves, president and CEO of the HCCC, recognized Guarini as a treasured leader, resource, and contributor to the energy and growth of business in Hudson County and the state:“Frank Guarini’s timely support provides critical and immediate funding to a diverse and growing community of non-profit organizations in Jersey City which contribute greatly to elevating the city’s quality of life for all. My hope is that it is the beginning of a renewed focus on the important work these individuals do every day. In addition, I believe that this level of generosity will serve to inspire others to take action as they consider ways to support Jersey City and Hudson County non-profits, which are deserving of a level of giving that their counterparts in New York often attract.” ×Frank J. Guarini
Birmingham-based Medicine Bakery has teamed up with app Too Good To Go to tackle food waste.The artisan bakery hopes to prevent its food from going to waste by offering surplus produce via the free app. Consumers can use it to purchase a potluck ‘Magic Bag’ of treats and collect it at an allotted time.Items on Medicine Bakery’s menu includes handmade artisan breads, cronuts, cakes and pastries.The bakery, which has venues in Birmingham and Wolverhampton, described partnering with Too Good To Go as a “no brainer”.“It is so upsetting to see the hard work of our bakers go to waste if, for one reason or another, our produce doesn’t sell during normal business hours. Now, with Too Good To Go, we can make sure that all our food is enjoyed,” said owner Francesca Jones.Jamie Crummie, co-founder of Too Good To Go, said he was thrilled to have the bakery join its growing community of over 4,000 partner stores. These include Le Pain Quotidien, Paul UK and Patisserie Valerie.“Not only does throwing away food waste the resources that go into creating it, but it also damages our environment, contributing to climate change. Each meal saved adds up to make a big impact,” added Crummie.