FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: June 3, 2008

CONTACT: Sebastian D’Elia, (908) 527-4419
Tina Casey, (908) 527-4346

 

ADOPT-A-FOOD PANTRY ENLISTING STUDENTS FOR A GOOD CAUSE
New effort under way to help fill bare shelves

Elizabeth, NJ – The Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders announced an urgently needed new initiative to help local food pantries restock their depleted supplies. The “Adopt-A-Food Pantry” program has been asking schools across the county to hold food collection events for designated food pantries.

“The face of hunger is very close to us all,” said Freeholder Chairman Estrada. “It’s working families, the elderly, the disabled, and children. We all need to pull together to help each other, and Adopt-a-Food Pantry is a great way to involve our schools in this very important community effort.”

Adopt-A-Food Pantry is being held from June 1 to June 13. Schools can begin participating at any time during this period.

“We hope that every school in Union County will participate on some level,” said Dr. Carmen M. Centuolo, Union County Superintendent of Schools. “We can accomplish a great deal of good by taking on hunger together.”

Food pantries have been running low on supplies as residents feel the pinch of a regional and national recession, with rising food, energy, and health care costs.

For Adopt-A-Food Pantry, schools are asked to collect high priority, non-perishable food including peanut butter, cereal, infant formula, milk (canned, boxed, or powdered), nutritious canned food (meat, vegetables, fruit, fish), nutritious canned or packaged meals (mac and cheese, stews, soups, chili). Coffee and tea are also welcome.

Union County will arrange for pick-up and delivery to a food pantry of the school’s choosing.

To participate, schools should designate a coordinator and email their name, title, email address and phone number to Bonnie Herrmann, Union County Department of Human Services, bherrmann@ucnj.org.

Schools may also contact the Union County Department of Human Services by phone at 908-527-4808 with any questions about participating in the program.

Several food pantries that are urgently in need of re-stocking are participating in Adopt-A-Food-Pantry. They are run by the following organizations: Union County Division of Social Services, Elizabeth Coalition to House the Homeless, Elizabethport Presbyterian Center, Jefferson Park Ministries, Plainfield Area YMCA, Rahway Food for Friends, and Catholic Charities Archdiocese of Newark, which serves Union County.