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Hunger 'Never Takes Vacation': Food Bank Collection on Friday

Somerset County's collection bins are located throughout the county, including at two sites in Basking Ridge, to collect food and nonperishable necessities for families in need in the area. Credits: Courtesy of Somerset County

Somerset County Freeholder Patricia Walsh has announced that the next “Buy One, Bring One” (BOBO) collection of food for Somerset County families and individuals in need will be held Friday, Aug. 15. Two of the locations are in Basking Ridge.

“Many of us are enjoying time away during the summer, but unfortunately hunger never takes a vacation,” Walsh said. “Local food banks are still struggling to keep their shelves stocked. You can help by bringing a donation to any of our BOBO Fridays locations.”

Canned or boxed food items are accepted. For ideas about healthy foods to donate, go online to The program has collected more than 16 tons of donations since it was created by Walsh in July 2010, according to Somerset County.

Look for the blue BOBO Fridays bins at multiple locations, includng: Lord Stirling Stable, 256 S. Maple Ave., Basking Ridge; the Environmental Education Center, 190 Lord Stirling Road, Basking Ridge; Somerset County Administration Building, 20 Grove St., Somerville; and the Somerset County Park Commission Headquarters, 355 Milltown Road, Bridgewater

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Local libraries hosting the bins include the Bound Brook Memorial Library, Bridgewater Library, Manville Library, Mary Jacobs Memorial Library (Rocky Hill), North Plainfield Library, Peapack-Gladstone Library, Somerville Public Library, Warren Township Library and Watchung Library.

Towns that have BOBO Fridays bins in their municipal buildings are Bedminster, Bound Brook, Franklin, Green Brook, North Plainfield and Raritan.

For those who miss one of the specified monthly collection dates, the blue BOBO bins are in place every day, so donations may be dropped off at any time during regular business hours at all locations.

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