BAYONNE, NJ – A coalition of local educational institutions and other organizations is hoping to make a difference through a food drive it is sponsoring over the next three weeks.
The Bayonne Board of Education, Marist High School, All Saints Catholic Academy, Beacon Christian Academy and BCB Community Bank are conducting a food drive from today through Oct. 24. The initiative is part of the annual national Make a Difference Day, Saturday, Oct. 22, which encourages volunteerism across America.
“The Make a Difference Day food drive provides the school community and the public the opportunity to help restock our local food pantries,” said Mayor James Davis. “Many of our fellow Bayonne residents depend on these pantries to help feed themselves and their families.”
As in past years, the Bayonne Police Department is coordinating the food drive with the schools, BCB and the Bayonne Department of Public Works. The Abaline Company on Hook Road donated boxes for transporting and storing the food.
The Bayonne Police Mentorship Program will also be assisting in the food drive. Launched during the summer, it matches city police officers and children on a one-to-one basis. During a one-year period, the officers mentor the children each week, taking them to sporting events, museums and to other outings. Nine youngsters and their mentors will be involved in the collection of food donations.
The listed schools and BCB bank branches in Bayonne will be food donation sites. On Saturday, Oct. 22, a tent by the City Hall Firehouse, 27th Street and Avenue C, will serve as an additional drop-off site.
Public Works employees will pick up the food at the drive’s conclusion and deliver it to local non-profit organizations and religious congregations that have food pantries.
Among those that will benefit from the drive are the Bayonne Economic Opportunity Foundation, Windmill Alliance/Highways, Friendship Baptist Church, Wallace Temple AME Zion Church, First Assembly of God Church, St. Vincent DePaul Roman Catholic Church, St. Henry Roman Catholic Church, St. Mary Star of the Sea Roman Catholic Church (Blessed Miriam Teresa Parish) and Faith and Victory Deliverance Church of God.
To contact the police department regarding the food drive or mentorship program, call (201) 858-6345 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.