Local volunteers continue to collect food for the Community FoodBank of New Jersey, part of a wide-ranging campaign taking place as part of Hunger Action Month in September.
"We have been working very hard the past few weeks to collect food for the Community FoodBank of New Jersey," said Dan Collins, a member of Venture Crew 77 who organized the borough-wide effort to fight hunger.
The Food drive, was very successful, according to Collins.
"We kicked off the drive [Sept. 17] with volunteers from Venture Crew 77 and Scout Troop 12. We worked with Whole Foods team members to let shoppers know about the food drive, and the need for food in New Jersey. Whole Foods also generously that day offered to match any donation of one of their 365 products, as well as made up suggested shopping lists for donations.
As a result of the generous donations of Whole Foods shoppers, plus the matching products from Whole Foods, that one day resulted in over 1,000 food items collected through Sept. 20. The drive concluded Sept. 23.
The campaign continues wth the Madison High School Food Drive for Students and Park Avenue Club food drive for members, both through Sept. 30.
The final town-wide dood drive takes place Oct. 1 during the Bottle Hill Day festivities.
"This will be a very large collection, and we hope to get the whole town to come out in support," Collins said. "This has been the busiest September I can remember, but I'm sure that it will result in a lot of needed food going to hungry people. I also hope people will continue to think about feeding the hungry, even once Hunger Action Month has passed."