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Food Donations Needed For Thanksgiving & Hurricane Sandy

Local food pantries struggling to keep up with the demand this holiday season.

For food pantries across Northern New Jersey, Hurricane Sandy dealt a double blow: It increased the number of families in need of assistance and shortened the span between Halloween (which Gov. Chris Christie moved to Nov. 5) and Thankgsiving, which comes early this year.

Prior to the storm, the Community Food Bank of New Jersey reported more than 960,000 residents of Northern New Jersey are food insecure, meaning at times they lack access to enough food to maintain an active, healthy life. 

The Community Food Bank is hosting its annual Thanksgiving Food Drive this Saturday, Nov. 17 from 9am to 2pm at the following locations in Bergen County: 

  • St. Peter the Apostle Church, 431 5th Avenue, River Edge 
  • Trinity Lutheran Church, 167 Palisades Avenue, Bogota 
  • Immaculate Conception Church, 49 Vreeland Ave, Hackensack 
  • United Methodist Church, 100 Dayton Street, Ridgewood 
  • Teaneck Municipal Building, 818 Teaneck Road, Teaneck 
  • ShopRite, 175 Main Street, Lodi
  • ShopRite, 540 New York Avenue, Lyndhurst 
  • ShopRite, 372 Broadway, Hillsdale
  • ShopRite, 500 South River Street, Hackensack 
  • Kings Food Market, 70 Union Avenue, Cresskill

The Center For Food Action is also collecting food to feed people in our community at the following locations and hours:

  • 301 Hoboken Road, Carlstadt 07072, Tuesdays and Thursdays from 10am to 3pm
  • 192 West Demarest Ave., Englewood 07631, Monday to Friday 9am to 5pm, Tuesdays 9am to 7pm & First Saturday of every month, 10am to 1pm
  • 239 Anderson Ave., Fairview 07022, Monday, Tuesday and Thursday 9:30am to 5pm
  • 316 First Street, Hackensack 07601, Monday to Thurs 9:30am to 3:30pm, and Fridays 9:30am to 2:30pm
  • 90 Ridge Road, Mahwah 07430 (next to Mahwah Library), Mondays 10am to 6:30pm, Tuesday thru Friday 10am to 2pm & First Saturday of every month 10am to 1pm
  • 1061A Slocum Ave., Ridgefield 0765, Monday and Friday 10am to 4pm
  • 224 (South) Midland Ave., Saddle Brook 07663, Monday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday 9:30am to 3:30pm,  Tuesday 12noon to 6pm & First Saturday of every month 10am to 1pm
Stuart Pace November 15, 2012 at 04:37 PM
Fair Lawn Food Pantry is always looking for donations as well. 8-01 Fair Lawn Ave-Attn Liz Twiggs
Janet Sandstrom November 15, 2012 at 06:26 PM
I would like to help those in need on Thanksgiving Day......Where can I go to volunteer and feed those in need?
Liz Twiggs November 16, 2012 at 04:58 AM
Thank you Stu. We are critically low in our food pantry right now which is scary since we count on the holiday donations to sustain us through the slower winter months. Donors can contact me at 201-794-5333 or HHS@fairlawn.org Any help is appreciated.
Stuart Pace November 16, 2012 at 01:39 PM
Going shopping for you Liz. Cosmos approved another donation.
Regina Janesko November 16, 2012 at 02:06 PM
Where can I donate personal items like soap, diapers, and deodorant?
Michael Agosta November 16, 2012 at 02:21 PM
Stu, let me know if you need help.
Liz Twiggs November 16, 2012 at 06:33 PM
Regina- your local food pantry will accept personal items too.
Eileen November 16, 2012 at 11:35 PM
Hello there im currently lost my job and been unemployed now since 10/07/2012 Im a college student at have a 13 yr old daughter . I cant afford anything at this point . I cant afford my rent my bills nor do I have food for us for the holidays . Im really struggling and only put my faith in god . If someone out there reads this please help us. 201-956-9917 thankyou very much and godbless

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