NEW PROVIDENCE, NJ - Faith Lutheran Church in New Providence, Boy Scout and Cub Scout Troops of New Providenc 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 16 and Sunday, November 17, Cub and Boy Scouts will distribute paper bags and flyers requesting canned and packaged foods to 5,000 homes in New Providence and Berkeley Heights. On Saturday, November 23, the Scouts will return to the homes to pick up the bags and then deliver the food-filled bags to Faith Lutheran.
If members of the community who do not receive a bag wish to bring food directly to Faith, they may do so on any day through Friday, November 22. The address is 524 South St., New Providence.
Throughout November 23 volunteers from Faith, the Community Service Association and other community groups will sort and pack the food into boxes for needy families.
At the 2018 sort and pack day, canned and packaged food valued at $36,000 was received. One hundred-ten boxes of food were given to twenty-five needy families living in New Providence. The boxes were distributed to the local residents by the New Providence Community Service Association, under the direction of John Malinauskas.
On Saturday, November 30, volunteers from Faith 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.
Boxes of food will again be distributed to needy residents of New Providence by the New Providence Community Service Association.
For the 19th consecutive year, the coordinator of the Fall Food Drive is Cheryl Bock of Faith Lutheran. The pastor of Faith is Rev. Jane McCready.