NEW PROVIDENCE, NJ - Faith Lutheran Church in New Providence, Boy Scout and Cub Scout Troops of New Providence and Berkeley Heights and the Community Service Association of New Providence are again teaming up to conduct a fall food drive for needy families.

On Saturday, November 14 and Sunday, November 15, Cub and Boy Scouts will distribute paper bags and flyers requesting canned and packed foods to 5,000 homes in New Providence and Berkeley Heights.  On Saturday, November 21, the scouts will return to the homes to pick up the bags and then deliver the food-filled bags to Faith Lutheran Church.

If members of the community, who do not receive a bag, wish to bring food directly to Faith Lutheran, they may do so on any day through Friday, November 20.  The address of Faith Lutheran is 524 South St., New Providence.

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Throughout November 21, volunteers from Faith Lutheran, the Community Service Association, and other community groups will sort and pack the food into boxes for needy families.  At the 2014 sort and pack day, food valued at $28,840 filled 495 boxes.

On Saturday, November 28, volunteers from Faith Lutheran will deliver the large majority of the boxes to StarFish Pantry, a combined Jewish/Christian organization in Plainfield.  StarFish Pantry, provides emergency aid to about 9,000 people in Greater Plainfield, two-thirds of whom are children. As the resources of the pantry are almost depleted, the new food will likely meet the needs of the Pantry throughout the winter and early spring.

The cost of the rented truck to transport the food to Starfish Pantry will be paid by Lantern Hill, a continuing care retirement community that is being constructed on the property across from Faith Lutheran.

Boxes of food will also be distributed to needy residents of New Providence and Berkeley Heights by the New Providence Community Service Association.  These boxes will include pumpkin pies, baked by the home economics classes of New Providence High School.

For the 15th consecutive year, the coordinator of the Fall Food Drive is Cheryl Bock of Faith Lutheran Church and New Providence.

For more information, call the Faith Lutheran office at 908-464-5177.

Picture: At the 2014 sort and pack day at Faith Lutheran, Luke Neumann and cub scouts (from left) Jeremy Siksnius, Ryan Siksnius, Justin Black and Nicholas Hrehorovich worked together.