Fulfill Mourns the Loss of Diana Tennant, Dedicated Food Bank Employee Who Died from Complications of the Coronavirus


Neptune, New Jersey, April 7, 2020 – “It is an incredibly sad day at Fulfill, as we lost a champion for the hungry, a dedicated colleague, and a dear friend,” said Kim Guadagno, Fulfill CEO and President and former Lieutenant Governor of New Jersey.

It is with profound sorrow that Fulfill, formerly called the FoodBank of Monmouth and Ocean Counties, announces the passing of Diana Tennant on April 6, 2020, to complications of COVID-19. Diana had a long history with Fulfill, starting as a volunteer and donor, and then a SNAP advocate. She became an employee 12 years ago, and most recently worked as part of Fulfill’s Resources Connections team. The 51-year old from Bradley Beach was a mother of three adult children who also had a grandchild. Grief counselors were on hand at Fulfill in Neptune today for employees.

“There are many heroes of this coronavirus crisis…nurses, doctors, police officers, firefighters, EMTS, and, like Diana, food bankers on the front lines with the public making sure people who need food and services receive help. Her impact serving the community she adored cannot be underestimated. We will carry on Diana’s mission to feed our hungry neighbors. Our deepest condolences to her family and friends,” added Guadagno.

“This is a time to honor Diana’s memory and continue to do the hard work before us to feed those who are food insecure. Let’s remember her beautiful heart and spirit through our actions,” said Jeremy Grunin, Chairman of Fulfill’s Board of Trustees, during a conference call to employees this morning. Grunin also added that he was starting an Employee Relief Fund to assist struggling employees at this difficult time. 

As a safety precaution, the Fulfill Distribution Center in Neptune has been professionally sanitized. Additionally, all who enter the building must wear masks and gloves, and we have a nurse on staff checking temperatures daily before permitting entry to the building. Social distancing is strictly enforced, and everyone must be at least 6 feet from each other. Everyone on Fulfill property has a personal obligation to ensure social distancing.