Tim Lonergan, a junior at Chatham High School, and Brendan Lewis, a sophomore at Mendham High School, are getting ready for their second annual food fight to help those in need of food in Morris County.

Last year, the two led their schools to raise over $10,000 worth of food to support The Salvation Army, and this year they hope to beat that record.  These rival high schools are fierce competitors on the sports field and are again using that competitive spirit to see which school can raise the most food for The Salvation Army. Lonergan has set up his food drive to support The Salvation Army Corps in Morristown and Lewis to benefit The Salvation Army Corps in Dover.

Both students are using the Web-based technology platform from YouGiveGoods (www.YouGiveGoods.com) to run the food drive contest.  The YouGiveGoods website allows people to buy food online for the drives and lets the students reach more people with an easy way to give food.  At the end of the contest, YouGiveGoods will deliver the food free of charge to both food pantries being supported.

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According to Tim Lonergan, “I’m happy to be able to help out again this year. Sometimes it’s easy to forget there are people in need right here in Morris County. And since it’s such a busy time of year for most people, I’m glad I can offer them an easy way to donate food right online.”

The Salvation Army NJ Division has serious concerns about the shortage of food for the summer, especially with the significant increase in food that has been distributed to people in need in New Jersey over the past year.

“We are so grateful to have the food drive contest running again this year for our benefit.  I don’t think people realize how important it is to fill the food pantries in the summer when kids are not in school to get their one hot meal a day. And with summer schedules, very few groups are able to run food drives. We are hopeful that this year’s food drive contest will be as successful as last year,” said Brenda Beavers, Divisional Director of Human Services for the Salvation Army NJ Division.  

The Chatham vs. Mendham Food Drive Contest starts on May 20 and will end on June 7.   The online contest can be found at: http://www.yougivegoods.com/2013HighSchoolFoodFight
YouGiveGoods, LLC, based in Mendham, is operated by a group of people who believe in helping others in need.  The company’s Web-based technology platform and service was developed to make it easier for people and organizations to set up and run in-kind charity drives, including food drives and animal shelter drives. 

The site provides the platform and service free of charge and makes the process simpler for people to donate goods to the charities they want to support. The innovative technology platform is designed to inspire people to give and help others. Visit www.YouGiveGoods.com