WARETOWN, NJ - In the beginning of the month, the community became aware that a couple of local churches joined together to collect a food drive. Apparently, the May 6th event was a tremendous success.

The Waretown United Methodist Church (WUMC), conducted the Town Wide Food Drive in collaboration with Saint Stephen's Food Pantry in Barnegat. A plea was posted on Facebook asking to help Stock Our Shelves for the two food pantry programs.  

Ocean Township Police, who already took on weekly pizza parties also contributed to the efforts of the feeding the hungry. They donated funds of their own and collected from local community members.

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“The response from the community was overwhelming,” shared Vicky Grover, a representative of the Waretown United Methodist Church.  "The church collected almost 2,000 pounds of food, with 81 people donating. We also received monetary donations which help purchase fresh milk, bread, eggs and meat for the families.”

Thanks to the community's donations, fifteen families received food to help them through the difficult times. .However, as the pandemic continues, the number of families in need has increased weekly.

According to Grover, Pat Lathom, Chairperson of WUMC’s feeding program, noticed that due to lack of transportation, people are unable to access food pantries and stores. To address that gap, Latham has organized volunteers to asist with deliveries.

Anyone wanting to help, can donate food, non-food item (soap, toilet paper, deodorant, laundry detergent, etc.) or monetary donations. Those in need of more information may contact Waretown United Methodist Church at office@waretownumc.org or by calling 609-693-3134.