ACUA Helping Food Bank Collect Goods During Two-Week DriveLast Edited:
The Community Food Bank of New Jersey — Southern Branch uses every single item that’s donated to help feed hungry residents in South Jersey.
“We, in the month of October, did 1.45 million pounds of food distributed to Atlantic, Cape May, and Cumberland counties,” said Renate Taylor, development officer for the Community Food Bank of New Jersey – Southern Branch.
The Atlantic County Utilities Authority (ACUA) is teaming up with the Food Bank to help fill its shelves.
“We started this 26 years ago, and had an inspiration that we thought it would be a great idea to do this around the holiday time, and it’s been successful ever since," said Brian Lefky, vice president of the Solid Waste Division for the ACUA. "We’ve collected over 400 tons in the last 26 years.”
It’s literally as easy as taking out your recycles.
“We pass out stickers, and put them in the mail, or people can just label their containers or bags of food," said Lefky. "We have our managers pick up the material in pickup trucks, and we bring it back here and weigh it and take it to the Community Food Bank in Egg Harbor Township.”
“Just put it right out with your recycling and they will get it to us as soon as possible," said Taylor. "It truly helps us fill our shelves so we’re so grateful for it."
Because without those donations, people would go hungry.
“We would have to turn people away," said Taylor. "We would have to turn pantries away. We would have to turn away soup kitchens, so because of support like this we don’t have to turn people away."
They’ll pick up diapers or any non-perishable item whether it be boxed or canned – it just can’t be frozen or refrigerated.
“We all send our recyclables to the corner and when you bring them to the corner, think of the Community Food Bank,” said Taylor.
The annual ACUA Holiday Food Drive runs until December 15.
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