|Egg Harbor Twp., NJ – Beginning Monday, December 3 and continuing through Friday, December 14, Atlantic County residents are encouraged to place canned goods at the curb on their recycling collection day as part of the 22nd annual Holiday Food Drive. Atlantic County Utilities Authority (ACUA) recycling crews will collect the canned goods in conjunction with regularly scheduled recycling pick-ups.|
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Sponsored by the ACUA, the Holiday Food Drive gives residents an easy and convenient way to help the needy while helping the environment. All canned goods collected through the Holiday Food Drive will be distributed through the Community FoodBank of New Jersey, Southern Branch, which provides the donated food to more than 250 local charities for distribution to those less fortunate in Atlantic, Cape May, Cumberland, and southeastern Burlington Counties.
“The current economic environment, plus the recent Superstorm Sandy has created an unprecedented need and forced more people than ever to reach out for help to feed their families,” said Margie Barham, executive director of the Community FoodBank of New Jersey, Southern Branch. “Last year we distributed a record setting 7.7 million pounds . I can’t stress enough how important this food drive is to us. As fast as the donations come in they are going out. Disaster Relief needs are so high now with so many displaced by Hurricane Sandy. The people of Atlantic County and the ACUA recycling employees have come through in a big way for the food bank in the past and this year we need their help more than ever,” said Barham.
“What sets the ACUA food drive apart is the convenience of setting out a donation, along with recyclables, on the designated day, said Richard S. Dovey, ACUA President. “ACUA trucks are visiting the majority of houses in Atlantic County once every two weeks, this makes it convenient for residents to make a difference in the lives of those less fortunate, and why participation in this event is always so strong,” Dovey added.
Last year, residents answered the food bank’s call for assistance and donated 47,800 pounds of non-perishable food items valued at more than $78,000. “We are hoping to meet or exceed this amount this year,” said Dovey. To participate, just fill any bag, paper or plastic, with your donation and leave at the curb on your recycling day between December 3 and December 14.
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. Atlantic County library branches are also running food drives during this time period, and additional drop-off locations for the ACUA Holiday Food Drive have been established at the Atlantic City, Margate and Absecon Libraries as well as the Atlantic County Office Building in Atlantic City (1333 Atlantic Avenue).
Items most needed are non-perishable foods, such as canned meats, canned soups, canned vegetables, canned stew and canned fruit. Diapers and baby formula are also needed. Please do not include perishable or frozen items, or food in glass jars.
To learn more about how you can help, contact the Community Food Bank of NJ, Southern Branch, at (609) 383-8843 or visit www.cfbnj.org/southernbranch. For information about the ACUA’s Food Drive, call (609) 272-6950.