In 2015, 43.1 million people were living in poverty

 
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Mission


Prosper creates programs that help people build better lives for themselves and their families.

 

 

Vision


Prosper seeks to alleviate hunger and poverty in America's poorest neighborhoods.

 

 
 

The Problem

The most recent government statistics on poverty show that in 2015:

  • 43.1 million people (13.5 percent) were in poverty, including 14.5 million (20 percent) children under the age of 18.
  • 42.2 million Americans lived in food-insecure households, including more than 13 million children.
  • There is 20% food insecurity in Brooklyn and 18.6% in Newark, NJ.
  • Two of the root causes of hunger and poverty in America are unemployment and low-wage work.

 

What We Do

With the addition of the two new sites Prosper is adding to Bread and Life’s existing Mobile Soup Kitchen route, the MSK will serve 12 sites, providing an additional 24,000 meals to hungry New Yorkers, for a total of over 123,000 meals served annually. Additionally, Prosper will expand the Digital Choice Food Pantry, which distributes uncooked meals to those who need food, using a point system based on family size.

We believe that the way to reduce poverty and increase economic mobility is by creating educational and job training programs that help people find work and earn a “living wage.” Our employment programs will provide transitional jobs, professional career training, job referrals for full-time work, comprehensive social services and case management.

 

Our Team

 

PATRICIA SUMMERS

co-founder, ceo

patricia.summers@prosper.org

Prior to starting Prosper, Patricia was President of Summers Consulting for twelve years wherein; she provided corporate leadership and managerial support in both the private and the nonprofit sectors. She applied her unique blend of business, financial and philanthropic know-how to help nonprofit organizations with major planning and fundraising efforts, corporate-giving programs, and leadership development. With a background in education and business as well as development, she brings special insight to a nonprofit such as Prosper. 

 
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PETER GIBSON

CO-FOUNDER, DIRECTOR

peter.gibson@prosper.org

Peter is Co-CEO of Knowledgent Group, a data and analytics technology firm headquartered in Warren, NJ. Prior to this, he led global sales for the consulting arm of EMC Corporation, was a founder of BusinessEdge Solutions and was an early member of Trecom Business Systems. Peter is a trustee of Long Island University, a member of Rutgers University Board of Overseers, a founder of Rutgers Leadership Academy. A Board Member of The UnCommon Thread, a nonprofit that provides ABA training for children with learning disabilities, a Board member of Bottomline Technologies.