SPOTSWOOD, NJ - With the Thanksgiving holiday a week away, many area families will find it difficult to put a special meal on the table since they struggle to do so on a daily basis. The Alice's CUP food pantry that is located in the annex of the Spotswood Reformed Church on Main Street assists more than 300 families every month. Without Alice's CUP's assistance, over 1,000 Middlesex County residents would not be able to put food on the table.

CUP, which stands for Churches United for People, began in 1987. It was originally housed at the Woodmere Senior Housing Development. However, it moved to the annex of the Spotwood Reformed Church at 455 Main Street in May of 2012. The food pantry is staffed by volunteers and is able to remain open because of donations from the public.

Boy Scout Troop 35 will be holding a food drive on Sunday, November 22 at the Spotswood Shop Rite on Summerhill Road from 8 a.m. until 1 p.m. All the proceeds from the food drive will go to benefit Alice's CUP.

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The pantry is requesting donations of non-perishable food items as well as turkeys for the upcoming Thanksgiving holiday. If residents would like to make a cash donation to Boy Scout Troop 35, money is welcome as well.

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Alice's CUP food pantry provides food for any Middlesex County resident that is in need of assistance. The pantry is open on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays from 9:30 a.m until 11:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. until 3:30 p.m. Donations are also accepted directly at the pantry during hours of operation.

Anyone interested in volunteering at the pantry can contact Anne Marie Ceranowski at 732-251-7970.