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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: November 19, 2008

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




Elizabeth, NJ – A new way to help local food pantries has come to schools throughout Union County, with the expansion of the Adopt-A-Food Pantry program.

“It was heartwarming to see how eagerly children all over Union County responded when
Adopt-A-Food Pantry kicked off last spring,” said Union County Freeholder Chairman Estrada.  “They know that times are tough, but we can get through it together if everyone lends a
helping hand.”

Last spring, students in 18 schools held coordinated Adopt-A-Food Pantry drives. Union County provided trucks and drivers to deliver the food to local pantries named by each school.

The event was a resounding success. Some pantries had been wiped out by heavy demand, and the students’ donations enabled them to replenish their shelves.

So far this fall, 22 schools are conducting Adopt-A-Food Pantry drives.  New schools are invited to join at any time.

“Adopt-A-Food Pantry lets students and their families engage in a wonderful community service without worrying about the cost of transporting their donations,” said Estrada.

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, at bherrmann@ucnj.org. Schools can also contact the Union County Department of Human Services by phone at 908-527-4808.