BERNARDSVILLE, NJ - Volunteers and donations of non-perishable foods are needed to support a collective community effort being organized by St. Bernard’s Church, Camino de Fe Church, and the SHSD Home School Association with support from local Girl Scouts, Bernardsville OEM and Bernardsville Police Chief Kevin Valentine. This effort is a private, non-profit charitable effort not directed by the Borough.
The initiative began three weeks ago when schools were ordered to close and ‘stay at home’ orders began, “many children in the Somerset Hills School District are on the free or reduced lunch program so we were already concerned about them during the upcoming spring break. We knew there would be even more of a need once residents started getting furloughed and let go from their jobs,” said Pastor Daniel Fenco of Camino de Fe Church. “We knew that we needed to find a way to serve the needs of the community. It is our mission, it is in our DNA to help. These families that are struggling are our neighbors. Pastor Beth and I want people to be able to come and find hope and comfort in this uncertain time,” he continued.
“Our goal is to keep people fed and in their homes and we anticipate that these needs will increase as time goes on,” said Pastor Beth Sciaino. “Helping others is what we are called to do and I am so grateful to see the response from our community. People should not feel bad about having to rely on their neighbors now, it is all about sharing our resources. These moments remind us of our common humanity.”
Non-perishable food is being collected and distributed from St. Bernard’s Parish House at 88 Claremont Road (parking lot entrance is on Mine Mount). Cereal, bread, rice, dry beans, canned items are among the most needed items at this time. Drop off is on-going, donations are accepted Monday thru Thursday 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. and Monday and Tuesday 3 p.m. to 6 p.m., in the parking lot at St. Bernard’s Parish House. Community drop off locations include Kings, ShopRite and The Coffee Shop. Individuals and families that just need assistance with pet food, courtesy of St. Hubert’s Animal Welfare Center, may come to St. Bernard’s Parish House to pick up during drop off times. Curbside grocery pick up is on Fridays between 9 a.m. and 12 p.m. in the parking lot at St. Bernard’s Parish House.
Volunteers are needed to receive, organize, and bag groceries. Volunteers are also needed for distribution on Friday mornings. Volunteers may also be needed for deliveries to the elderly and others who may need a delivery service. Donors and volunteers are asked to wear gloves and masks. To volunteer, please complete the Official Bernardsville OEM Volunteer Form: http://bernardsvillepd.org/volunteer.
Monetary donations for the food pantry are also being accepted:
To donate online: https://caminodefe.church/covid-19-give/
To donate by check: Please make out to “The Community Fund”
St. Bernard’s Church
88 Claremont Road
Bernardsville, NJ 07924