Meridian Joins “Bag a Lunch, Help a Bunch” in Fighting Hunger

Over the month of October, we donated $1,770.00 of our lunch money to the Bag a Lunch, Help a Bunch campaign, sponsored by Table to Table. Meridian has been a perennial contributor to the community-based food rescue program that collects prepared and perishable food and delivers it to organizations serving the hungry in Northern New Jersey. The campaign, which was started 20 years ago, has delivered over 122 million meals!

During the Bag a Lunch campaign, we ask Meridian employees to donate what they would normally spend on lunch for a day. Donating to the campaign is voluntary and the donation amounts are of each individual’s choosing. After the donations are tallied at the end of the program, the company matches everyone’s contribution, effectively doubling the donation.

Last year’s campaign raised $1,614.00 through Meridian employee donations and the matching contribution from the company. That amount was enough to feed over 15,000 families.

Kelly Manzo, HR Coordinator, is again the Meridian Team Captain, responsible for promoting the program at the company and coordinating with her counterparts at Table to Table. Ms. Manzo says, “The Bag a Lunch program is a great way for employees to help others in our local communities who are less fortunate. By donating what we would normally spend on lunch, each person’s individual contribution will double with the gift matching program, and ultimately have a much greater impact on those who need it most.” To help raise awareness of the campaign, brown lunch bags are placed in several locations throughout the FBO, including the Break Room, Line Service, Jet Center, and Charter areas.

Every day, Table to Table picks up fresh, wholesome food that otherwise would have been discarded, and delivers it safely to non-profit organizations such as soup kitchens, homeless shelters and centers, programs for women and children who are victims of domestic violence, and programs that assist the working poor that serve meals to the hungry in Bergen, Passaic, Hudson, and Essex counties.

With five refrigerated vehicles and dedicated drivers, Table to Table picks up food from a wide range of food establishments each day. This food is delivered on the day it is donated, avoiding the need for warehouse facilities and keeping Table To Table’s costs limited to the operation of the vehicles.

In 2018 alone, Table To Table was able to redistribute enough food to provide 18 million meals to hungry families in Northern New Jersey.

For more information or to make additional donations, please visit:

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Meridian Lends A Helping Hand

Photo Credit: ©Bethany Frankel Instagram
Photo Credit: ©Bethenny Frankel Instagram

Meridian, the award-winning private aviation company located in Teterboro, NJ (TEB) and Hayward, CA (HWD), has been assisting in the aid efforts being made for the victims of Hurricanes Irma and Maria. Less than two weeks after the storms made landfall on the island, Puerto Rico is now being faced with what officials are calling a “full-blown humanitarian crisis”. The citizens of the island are currently without running water and electricity. Furthermore, 80% of Puerto Rico’s crops have been destroyed, leaving its people desperate for help.
Throughout the past two weeks, we have seen heroic acts of humanitarianism come through our Teterboro FBO. Countless charter flights have been dispatched to help vacate loved ones from the island and to help aid those in need by providing basic supplies.
Recently, Meridian supported the efforts of author, entrepreneur, and reality TV star, Bethenny Frankel. Her B Strong Foundation, which was created to help support women and their families impacted by natural disasters, has raised over $300,000 and chartered 4 planes filled with essential family supplies! We at Meridian have extended a helping hand to her by serving as a storage and staging location for important items such as water, food, hygiene products, and even medical supplies.
We would like to thank everyone who is doing their part to help support Puerto Rico in this time of dire need, as well as the first responders who are continuing to provide support to the island. Nearly all of the U.S. territory’s 3.4 million citizens need our help recovering from the storm.
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Meridian Hosts Thanksgiving Food Drive to Benefit Eva’s Village

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This November, Meridian will be hosting a Thanksgiving Food Drive to benefit Eva’s Village, an organization dedicated to helping feed the hungry and poor. Employees who would like to donate can bring in any canned or non-perishable food items from their pantries at home.
Eva’s Village was founded in 1982 and is located in Paterson NJ. They provide hot meals for up to 400 homeless and working poor per day, 365 days a year. In addition to these lunches, they serve breakfast, lunch and dinner to those staying in their outpatient recovery and sheltering programs. The total output of their kitchen is 1,200 hot meals per day with more than 438,000 hot meals served annually.
The Food Drive will run through November 21st. If you would like to learn more, please visit their website at
Thanks in advance for your participation!

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Meridian Rallies to Help Typhoon Victims

Relief efforts are currently underway in the Philippines in the wake of Super Typhoon Haiyan.
Relief efforts are currently underway in the Philippines in the wake of Super Typhoon Haiyan.

Just before dawn on Friday, November 8th, 2013, a Super Typhoon named Haiyan made landfall on the Philippines. Wind gusts reached over 200 mph, and waves reached 45 foot heights. Mass devastation was levied on the island nation, and continues in the wake of the storm. The losses have been enormous, caused by one of the strongest natural disasters in history. Medical supplies and basic necessities are running short.

Once again, Meridian is rallying to help those in need. We are asking our “Workplace Community” to donate to help those affected by the storm in the Philippines. The employees of Meridian have a proud history of helping those in need through organizations like Table to Table, Shelter Our Sisters, Giant Steps, and United Way. Last year, several Meridian employees organized the ‘Brown Cross’ in Staten Island to help victims whose homes were destroyed after Superstorm Sandy devastated the region.

Donations will be sent to, and the company will match all employee donations dollar for dollar. Please stop by Human Resources to donate. We will be accepting donations through Friday, November 22nd.

Facts about the Typhoon:

Super Typhoon Haiyan’s estimated maximum sustained winds were up to 195 mph on Nov. 7, 2013. This places Haiyan in elite company among tropical cyclones.

According to Dr. Jeff Masters from Weather Underground, since 1969, there have been only three other tropical cyclones worldwide with maximum sustained winds of 190 mph or more:

• Super Typhoon Tip (1979) in the western Pacific
• Hurricane Camille (1969) at landfall along the northern Gulf Coast
• Hurricane Allen (1980) near the Yucatan Channel

Furthermore, Masters now says Haiyan was the most intense tropical cyclone to make landfall in recorded history. Not only was Haiyan’s peak intensity stunning, but also its longevity with top-tier intensity. Haiyan was estimated to have Category 5 equivalent winds for 48 consecutive hours from Nov. 6 at 7 a.m. EST until Nov. 8 at 7 a.m. EST.

There were only three Atlantic Basin hurricanes since 1944 that spent more time as a Category 5 storm than Haiyan, according to NOAA’s Hurricane Research Division:

• Allen (1980): 3 days
• Ivan (2004): 2.5 days
• Dog (1950): 2.5 days

Since Hurricane Hunter reconnaissance missions are no longer flown in the western Pacific, we’ll likely never know Haiyan’s actual strongest sustained wind.