SOMERVILLE,  NJ – Somerset County embraced Martin Luther King, Jr’s message of service to others with donors dropping off bags of groceries at party headquarters, enough to fill three rooms of the office in two days.

“So many of our friends and neighbors in Somerset County are hurting due to the COVID-19 economic downturn,” said Somerset County Board of Commissioners Director Shanel Y. Robinson. “I’m so happy that the Somerset County Democrats were moved by King’s message to lift up their neighbors in these difficult times.”

The donations were loaded into a van from the Food Bank Network of Somerset County and brought to their warehouse in Bridgewater. The donations will then be distributed by the Food Bank Network to families in need to food pantries in Somerville, Bound Brook, and North Plainfield.

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The mission of The Food Bank Network is to distribute food and to provide other basic human needs to those less fortunate in our community in a manner which recognizes and advances self-worth and human dignity. 

“When I walked into the Somerset County Democratic offices this afternoon I was amazed at the quantity of food our volunteers collected in just two days,” said Somerset County Surrogate Tina Jalloh. “Many families in our communities will be able to make it through the pandemic because of the work of the great Food Bank Network of Somerset County volunteers, and I’m glad to do my small part as one of them.”

“Martin Luther King’s message of community and mutual respect is just as important today as it was when he delivered it more than 50 years ago,” said Somerset County Clerk Steve Peter. “This effort for the Day of Service is a tribute to King’s message, and I look forward to carrying it with me throughout the year.”

“The Food Bank Network of Somerset County does amazing work all year ‘round, and I am thrilled to support them today and every day,” said Sara Sooy, deputy director of the Somerset County Board of Commissioners. “I want to thank the Somerset County Democratic volunteers who worked so hard to help so many people honor Martin Luther King, Jr. and participate in the Day of Service.”

If you or a family member are in need please contact The Food Bank Network of Somerset County at (732) 560-1813. 

Financial donations can be made online at https://www.somersetfoodbank.org/donate.

The main pantry is located at 9E Easy Street, Middlebrook Crossroads Industrial Park in Bound Brook and operates 9 a.m.-2:30 p.m. weekdays.

Additional pantries are located at the Bound Brook Presbyterian Church, 409 Mountain Blvd., Bound Brook; Shiloh Pentecostal Church, 139 Davenport St. Somerville and the Vermuele Community Center, 614 Greenbrook Road, North Plainfield.

The pantries at the Bound Brook Presbyterian Church and Shiloh Pentecostal Church operate 10-11:30 a.m. every Saturday. The pantry at the Vermuele Center operates 10 a.m.-noon on the last two Saturdays of the month.