NEW PROVIDENCE, NJ -- On Saturday, Nov. 23, more than 100 members of Faith Lutheran Church and the New Providence community gathered at Faith to sort and pack into boxes more than $53,000 of canned and packaged food, designated for the needy. The food had been collected by Boy and Cub Scout troops of New Providence.

The volunteers prepared 150 boxes of food for 23 families in need who live in New Providence.  The boxes were distributed to the local residents by the New Providence Community Service Association, under the direction of John Malinauskas.

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More than 700 additional boxes were delivered on Saturday, Nov. 30 by Faith Lutheran to StarFish Pantry, a combined Jewish/Christian organization in Plainfield, which provides emergency aid to about 9,000 people in that area, two-thirds of whom are children.  While the resources of the Pantry were almost depleted, the new food will meet the needs of the Pantry throughout the winter and early spring.

Cheryl Bock of Faith was the chairperson of the Fall Food Drive.  This is the nineteenth consecutive year that Ms. Bock has fulfilled this significant responsibility.

The pastor of Faith is Rev. Jane McCready.  For more information about the food collection and other outreach programs of Faith, one may call the church office at 908-464-5177 or e-mail the church at Family.Faith@verizon.net  The website is famfaith.org.