Union County Schools “Adopt” Local Food Pantries
Union County Department of Human Services coordinates countywide effort


Elizabeth, NJ – Schools throughout Union County are beginning a month long drive to refill the shelves of food pantries serving individuals and families in need.  Each school can designate or “adopt” a local food pantry to receive its donations.

The drive kicks off on Monday, November 2 and schools can join in at any time during the month.

“There are approximately 30 food pantries in the county and all urgently need supplies,” said Union County Freeholder Chairman Alexander Mirabella.  “Adopt-a-Food Pantry enables our youngest citizens to be of real help to our neighbors in need, including many seniors and families with children.”

Adopt-a-Food Pantry is a partnership between Union County, local food pantries, and municipal school districts including Union County Vo-Tech.  The partnership makes collecting and transporting the donations easier for all involved.

Students bring their food donations to their school, so no special trips need to be organized.   They can also earn community service hours.  The Union County Department of Human Services will take care of delivering the donations from the schools to the food pantries.

“That’s the value of county-local cooperation in action,” said Mirabella.  “By using the County’s transportation resources, every local food bank and school can participate without worrying about the cost of fuel, vehicles, and drivers.”

The non-perishable foods needed most are cereals, infant formula, milk (canned, boxed, or powered), juice (boxed or canned) peanut butter, and canned or packaged foods such as meat, fish, vegetables, macaroni and cheese, soups, stews, and chili.  Coffee and tea are also welcome.  No glass containers are accepted.

To participate in Adopt-a-Food Pantry, 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  Schools can also contact the Union County Department of Human Services by phone at 908-527-4808.