On July 29thth, First Lady Mary Pat Christie named Eric Fuchs-Stengel as the 5th New Jersey Hero of 2014. Mr. Fuchs-Stengel is the founder and executive director of the Mahwah Environmental Volunteer Organization (MEVO), an organization committed to promoting sustainability in local communities. Since 2008, Mr. Fuchs-Stengel and MEVO have made an incredible impact on both the environment and residents of Northern New Jersey. Last year alone, they collected over 100,000 pounds of litter and mobilized over 1,500 youth volunteers. In 2010, Mr. Fuchs- Stengel started the MEVO Farm to Live initiative that plants and harvests fruits and vegetables for low-income families in the area. “Eric’s love for the outdoors inspired a tremendous commitment to improve and enrich the environment around him, ” said the First Lady at the ceremony. “Through his work, Eric recognized a need for greater access to healthy, fresh foods and created the Farm to Live program to help low-income families from local communities get nutritious fruits and vegetables.”
The First Lady presented the honor to Mr. Fuchs-Stengel at the MEVO Gardens at Bergen Community College in Paramus, NJ. The First Lady toured the gardens and gardened alongside MEVO volunteers and local leaders. For more information on MEVO, please visit http://mevoearth.org/.