BLOOMFIELD, NJ-- On a beautiful late summer Sunday, Felton Field was filled with Bloomfield families who were came out for a bouncy house, music, pizza and, most importantly, backpacks and school supplies for their children starting school in September.  

The well attended event also featured representatives from the Bloomfield Police Department, Bloomfield Fire Department, Bloomfield Health Department and Clara Maass Medical Center.    

The annual backpack giveaway was sponsored by Mayor Venezia and the Bloomfield Town Council, in Partnership with the Bloomfield Youth Aid Foundation gave away 200 backpacks and sets of school supplies to township children. Kolbys Barbershop & Salon of Bloomfield was also on hand providing free back to school haircuts for the children in attendance.

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“Myself and the council are committed to ensuring every member of our community has the supplies they need to start the school year off right,” said Mayor Michael Venezia. “I’m immensely proud how our town comes together for events such as these. Bloomfield is truly a special place.”

Councilwoman Jenny Mundell and Councilman Nick Joanow were in attendence and helped distribute the backpacks. “It’s wonderful to see so many community members out here today, the kids who are getting ready to go back to school. We are very happy at all the generous support we received to make this happen,” said Mundell.

 “I would like to thank Mayor Venezia and the council for sponsoring the book bag giveaway. This is a wonderful opportunity for the members of the council and township departments to meet with our local residents," added Joanow.