CRANFORD - This past Saturday, The Cranford PBA Local 52, Cranford FMBA Local 37, and FLAG of Cranford teamed up to organize a food drive in the parking lot of Strength & Fitness Gym to help those most in need during these difficult times.

Over 300 cars dropped off donations between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m., which filled not one but two trailers, three pickup trucks, and three SUVs. Food items collected included canned goods, cereal, peanut butter, and much more. Non-food items such as diapers, soap, shampoo and other necessities were also collected. Donations were then distributed to:

  • Cranford Family Care
  • St. Theresa Food Pantry in Kenilworth
  • The Gateway Family YMCA - Madison House in Elizabeth
  • Ignite United Methodist Church in Kenilworth
  • The Salvation Army in Plainfield
  • St. Joseph Social Service Center in Elizabeth

"The amount of people that came to donate under the certain circumstance of a pandemic was unbelievable," said Rob Chamra, Cranford PBA Local 52 Delegate. "When we first announced this event, we were only planning to pack the one Cranford trailer. After just two days of social media posts and based on all the likes and shares, I knew we were going to need another trailer. Luckily, the State PBA had one we could use for the day, and we fully packed both."

Chamra also wanted to thank Caren and Rebecca of FLAG of Cranford, along with the rest of the volunteers who made this event possible.