Nov 26, 2018
Food drive kicks off on Monday, December
3 and runs through Friday, December 14
Beginning Monday, December 3 and
continuing through Friday, December 14, Atlantic County residents are urged to
place non-perishable food items at the curb on their recycling collection day
as part of the 28th annual Holiday Food Drive.
Atlantic County Utilities Authority (ACUA) recycling crews will collect the food
in conjunction with regularly scheduled recycling pick-ups.
ACUA, the Holiday Food Drive gives residents an easy and convenient way to help
the needy while helping the environment. All food 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 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.
Community FoodBank of New Jersey-Southern Branch is grateful to partner once
again with ACUA on this incredibly successful food drive, said Renate Taylor, Development Officer, Southern
Branch. “The items generously donated by our community and collected by
ACUA recycling crews proves a vital partnership in 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. CFBNJ is truly grateful for the support of the ACUA family and our
community, as we could not continue our mission of feeding hungry families
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.
“The need for food donations is so great. Many of our friends
and neighbors are struggling. Within the Community Food Bank’s southern branch service
area in Atlantic, Cape May and Cumberland Counties, there are over 200,000 people
who rely on the Food Bank,” said ACUA President Rick Dovey. “ACUA’s food drive provides
an easy way for people to donate when they put their recycling out. There are
so many people in need, we are intent on getting as many residents as possible
to donate to this year’s effort,” Dovey added.
Last year, residents donated 21,245 pounds of non-perishable food items. “Our
goal is to exceed last year’s total and we are always encouraged by the
generosity of Atlantic County residents,” said Dovey.
To participate, just fill any bag or box 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.
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 more
information, call (609) 272-6950 or visit www.acua.com/fooddrive.