Community FoodBank of New Jersey Teams Up with ACUA for Holiday Food Drive

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EGG HARBOR TOWNSHIP, N.J -  Atlantic County residents are encouraged to place non-perishable food items at the curb on their recycling collection day as part of the 26th annual Holiday Food Drive that started on December 5th and continues through December 16th.

Sponsored by Atlantic County Utilities Authority, or ACUA, the Holiday Food Drive gives residents a very convenient way to help the needy while helping the environment. ACUA recycling crews will collect the food in conjunction with regularly scheduled recycling pick-ups.

All food collected through the Holiday Food Drive will be distributed through the Community FoodBank of New Jersey's Southern Branch, which will provide the donated food to more than 300 partner charities for distribution to those less fortunate throughout Atlantic, Cape May and Cumberland counties. These charities include emergency food pantries, homeless shelters, soup kitchens, and other charitable feeding programs.

“We are thrilled to partner once again with ACUA on this incredibly successful food drive, said Richard J. Uniacke, vice president of Southern Branch, Community FoodBank of New Jersey.  “The items collected by ACUA recycling crews will be an important part of our efforts to feed hungry families at this difficult time of year.  It’s heartwarming to see that so many Atlantic County residents donate top quality food so their neighbors may eat."

The Community FoodBank is looking for donations of food items, especially canned soups, meals in a can, peanut butter and jelly, canned tuna and other meats, and cereal. Please do not include perishable or frozen items, or food in glass jars.

According to ACUA President Rick Dovey, within the food bank's service area of Atlantic, Cape May and Cumberland Counties are a roughly estimated 25,000 food-insecure children.

“We truly hope that the convenience of ACUA’s food drive encourages as many residents as possible to donate to this year’s effort. It’s heartbreaking to think there are so many in need, right here in Atlantic County,” said Dovey.

Last year, residents donated 27,200 pounds of non-perishable food items and this year their goal is to at least gather the same amount, but also hopefully exceed it.

To participate, just fill any bag or box with your donation and leave it at the curb on your recycling day between December 5th and 16th. Atlantic County residents not serviced through the ACUA curbside recycling program can participate by bringing their donations to the ACUA at 6700 Delilah Rd., or to the Community Food Bank of New Jersey at 6735 Horse Pike, Egg Harbor Township.

To learn more about how you can help, contact the Community Food Bank of NJ, Southern Branch, at (609) 383-8843 or visit CFBNJ.org. For information about ACUA’s Food Drive, call (609) 272-6950 or visit ACUA.com.?