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Residents Donate Generously During Difficult Economic Times: ACUA’s Holiday Food Drive Nets 26,000 l

Jan 07, 2016

Egg Harbor Twp., NJ – Atlantic County Utilities Authority’s Holiday Food Drive brought in more than 26,000 pounds of food for the Community FoodBank of NJ’s Southern Branch.  Residents in Atlantic County put out bags of canned, nonperishable items with their recycling during the first two weeks of December. ACUA’s recycling collection crews picked up donations during the two week drive.

ACUA’s Holiday Food Drive has been held for the past 26 years and gives residents an easy and convenient way to help the needy while helping the environment. All canned goods collected through the Holiday Food Drive are distributed through the Community Food Bank of NJ, Southern Branch. The Community FoodBank of New Jersey’s Southern Branch distributes groceries each week to over 300 charities throughout Atlantic, Cape May, Cumberland and parts of Burlington counties. More people than ever before have been looking to the food bank and its partner agencies for help, and the generosity of ACUA’s recycling customers will make a difference for many people in need.

“We sincerely appreciate all of the Atlantic County residents who so generously donated the much needed food during this year’s collection,” said ACUA President Rick Dovey. “These donations really do make a difference in the lives of those less fortunate,” Dovey added.

“We are extremely grateful to the ACUA and the many, many residents who contributed to such an outstanding result, said Richard J. Uniacke, the Community Food Bank’s Southern Branch Vice President.  “It is this generosity on a local level that enables us to continue feeding South Jersey in partnership with more than 300 agencies in our network,” Uniacke added.

The 26,087 pounds of food collected during 2016 ACUA food drive brings the total amount of food collected over the past 26 years to more than 814,017 pounds.

“Myself, ACUA’s collections staff and the entire organization are always humbled by the generosity Atlantic County residents demonstrate each December through the holiday food drive,” said Dovey. “It is, without a doubt, one of our most important community initiatives.”

For more information, contact the Community Food Bank of NJ, Southern Branch, at (609) 383-8843 or the Atlantic County Utilities Authority at (609) 272-6950.