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1010 WINS joins Action Against Hunger to stock food pantries in the Garden State

September 30, 2018 - 5:00 am
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WOODLAND PARK, NJ (1010 WINS) -- Food donations tend to be pretty slim in the summer months, and some food pantries are in serious need of help restocking their shelves.

Enter the Action Against Hunger Food Drive; donations will be accepted Sunday afternoon from noon until 4 p.m. at more than 80 locations in northern New Jersey. 1010WINS is sponsoring the drive to help the hungry in the Garden State.

Center for Food Action, Bergen County; CUMAC/ECHO, Passaic County; MEND, Essex County; and the Interfaith Food Pantry, Morris County are the lead pantries that will take and distribute food packages.

“While there is good news from the Census Data that New Jerseyans fared slightly better in 2017, reporters at The Record recently cautioned “that poverty and inequality remain and New Jersey still has significant economic hurdles to overcome.” said Jennifer Borg, President of the Foundation of Northern New Jersey Inc.

While New Jersey residents have seen financial growth in recent years, advocates say there is still a long way to go. The Record reports, one in ten residents and one in seven children in New Jersey lives in poverty with high living and home ownership costs taking a toll on residents' bank accounts.

In addition to taking donations, pantries in Bergen, Essex, Passaic, and Morris counties are also offering nutrition and health education programs for seniors, kids, and the infirm.

Organizers say cash donations are the 'backbone' of their effort because pantries can stretch the dollar to help more people. Non-perishable items including canned vegetables, meats, fish, fruit, hearty soups and stews, pasta, rice, peanut butter, cereal, oatmeal, pancake mix, powdered milk, fruit juice, baby formula, as well as low sugar and low sodium foods are also needed.

Cash donations can be made at ActionAgainstHunger.com, more information is available online and at 973-305-8326.

Along with 1010 WINS, the event is being sponsored by Acme, Foodtown, The Record, Kings, ShopRite, and Stop&Shop.