Annual Food Drive To Help Feed Area Families

Annual Food Drive To Help Feed Area Families

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Mount Olive Area Chamber, Kiwanis team up for Annual Food Drive to Help Feed Area Families

MOUNT OLIVE TWP. (Oct. 28, 2016) – According to Susan Morse, Mount Olive Food Pantry Coordinator, the need to collect food is as urgent as it ever was for families in need. And with the holidays coming, she is determined to make sure that everybody can enjoy a holiday meal. So do members of the Mount Olive Area Chamber of Commerce and the Kiwanis Club of Mount Olive, which is why they are teaming up to spearhead this year’s Mount Olive Area Fall Food Drive.

“A lot of people are having a real tough time,” said Morse.”There are a lot of single moms, seniors, and others who simply can’t afford to put enough food on their table.”

Many families continue to struggle and the food drive clearly helps. The 21st Annual Food Drive aims to respond to the need.

Thousands of pounds of food have been collected over the years, as well as monetary and gift card donations.

“Every little bit helps,” said the Chamber’s Greg Stewart, who is also a Mount Olive Township Councilman. “Thankfully we have a number of corporate and small business partners that do their part to help.”

Among those businesses and groups that led the effort last year were Siemens Healthcare, Givaudan, RE/MAX Heritage Properties, Nisivoccia LLP, CBRE, Veolia, Mars, AST, Security Vault Works, Keysight Technologies, Robertet, TMP Direct, Northwest Instruments, BASF, the Township of Mt Olive, and The Mount Olive Area Chamber members.

Indeed, the amount of food collected through this drive has steadily increased over the past several years due to a higher demand and the generosity of people who care. In 2005, when demand was not as high, the organization collected only 820 pounds.

The Annual Fall Food Drive was initiated many years ago by Dr. John Berezny of Berezny Chiropractic in Flanders. Today it is one of the community’s most important activities.

Suggested food donations may include non-perishable foods, boxed cereals, peanut butter, jam, and other canned goods. Personal care items are also welcome. The food drive takes place throughout November, with the donations being given directly to the Mount Olive Food Pantry. Morse would also like to remind folks that the need for food is year-round and that donations are accepted anytime of the year.

Monetary donations can also be made online at yougivegoods.com/mountolivepantry. Any checks dropped off should be made out to Mount Olive Pantry. For additional information contact Susan Morse at the Pantry, 862-251-3938 or 201-274-3701. You can also email mountolivepantrynj@gmail.com.

Photo: Mount Olive Area Chamber of Commerce members present Sue Morse (third from left), Director of the Mount Olive Food Pantry, with money raised at a recent chamber event. Left to right are Jess Wismer, Claudia Ehrgott, Greg Stewart (presenting money), Sue Morse, Patti Singer and Harry Browne.

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