BAYONNE, NJ- Local food pantries will once again benefit from efforts to restock shelves through the city’s annual Make a Difference Day food drive, Mayor Jimmy Davis and Police Chief Robery Geisler have announced.

The food drive will begin on Monday and last through Wednesday, October 30 with the Bayonne Police Department coordinating the efforts with Bayonne schools, BCB Bank, and the Bayonne Department of Public Works. Bayonne police officers will be assisting with the pick-up and distribution of food donations.  

The White Glove Moving Company of Bayonne donated boxes for transporting and storing the food.

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“The Make A Difference Day food drive provides the school community and the general public the opportunity to help restock our local food pantries.  Many of our fellow Bayonne residents depend on these pantries to help feed themselves and their families.” Davis said. “I would like to thank the people of Bayonne for continuing their generosity to this annual food drive in 2019.”

Schools, both public and religious, and the BCB branches at 4th Street and Avenue C as well as at 24th Street and Broadway will serve as drop-off points for donations. The Department of Public Works will pick up food from the schools and participating BCB Bank branches on Tuesday, October 29, and Wednesday, October 30, and will deliver it to local non-profit organizations and religious congregations that have food pantries. 

The nine food pantries that will benefit from the food drive are the Bayonne Economic Opportunity Foundation (BEOF), the Windmill Alliance/Highways, Friendship Baptist Church, Wallace Temple AME Zion Church, First Assembly of God Church, St. Vincent DePaul Roman Catholic Church, St. Henry’s Roman Catholic Church, St. Mary’s Star of the Sea Roman Catholic Church (Blessed Miriam Teresa Parish), and Faith and Victory Deliverance Church of God.  

Other food pantries in Bayonne can benefit from the food drive by Mike Elia of the Police Department at 201-436-5477 or Melissa Morales at 201-858-5856. 

While students can bring food items to their schools members of the public are encouraged to bring packaged, non-perishable food to the donation boxes at the two participating BCB Bank branches during banking hours from Monday through October 28. 

Suggested non-perishable food items include: canned tuna fish, boxed cereal, pasta sauce, canned fruits, canned or boxed pastas, oatmeal, pudding cups, rice, macaroni and cheese, peanut butter, and jelly.

 

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