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:

Morris County

  • Kings Food Market, 191 South Street, Morristown
  • Kings Food Market, 184 Columbia Turnpike, Florham Park Rockaway Rotary Club, 113 East Main Street, Rockaway ShopRite, 314 Main Street, Wharton
  • United Methodist Church, 460 Main Street, Chatham Meyersville Grange #188, 500 Meyersville Road, Gillette ShopRite, 808 Route 46 West, Parsippany
  • Smart World Coffee, 2 Broadway, Denville

Passaic County 

  • Pine Lake Women's Club, Wayne Parking Lot, 475 Valley Road, Wayne 
  • NJ Realty Center, 400 Union Boulevard, Totowa

Sommerset County

  • Kings Food Market, 450 Route 206, Bedminster
  • Kings Food Market, 64 Mountain Boulevard, Warren
  • ShopRite, 435 Elizabeth Avenue, Somerset
  • Ridge High School, 268 South Finley Avenue, Basking Ridge
  • Bridgewater‐Raritan High School, 600 Garretson Road, Bridgewater


Naughright&Powerless November 15, 2012 at 07:41 PM
It would be nice if someone could figure out a way to vector the food about to spoil in everyone's refrigerators and freezers with the nearby need.
Meredith Mascitello November 16, 2012 at 02:22 PM
St. Anthony's Knight's of Columbus has a food collection box at their hall on Hamburg Tpke. Most local churches have food collection boxes as well. If you know a family or person who may need somewhere to eat Thanksgiving dinner, please think of inviting them to your home.
Jessica November 16, 2012 at 03:15 PM
West Side Methodist in Hopatcong has a food Pantry as well.
Nose Wayne November 16, 2012 at 05:39 PM
Neighbor helping neighbor, may not NOSE them but they need your help.PLEASE GIVE WHAT YOU CAN, THANK YOU !!!!
Tom O'Sullivan November 16, 2012 at 05:40 PM
Hopatcong Cub Scout Pack 194 has a food drive going on this weekend (11/17 and 11/18) at the Pathmark in Landing.
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