This summer, the YMCA of MEWSA is holding its annual Hunger Doesn’t Take a Vacation food drive.  From July 1 through August 31, the Y will collect donations of nonperishable food items and deliver them to the Metuchen Food Pantry at the First Presbyterian Church. The pantry regularly helps individuals and families experiencing food insecurity.  Cash donations will also be accepted.

Rates of food insecurity in New Jersey are very high with 11.8% of adults and 16.8% of children in the state affected.

All who want to participate are encouraged to register at either the Metuchen or Edison YMCA. All who register will receive a sturdy tote bag for shopping and complete details about the nine-week drive.

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People can bring food donations to three locations: the Metuchen Y at 65 High Street, the Edison Y at 1775 Oak Tree Road, and Oakcrest Family Swim Club and Camp at 970 Inman Avenue. Both Y’s are open 5:30 am - 10:00 pm weekdays, 7:00 am - 6:00 pm Saturdays, and 8:30 am - 6:00 pm Sundays. Oakcrest Swim Club is open 12:00 pm - 8:00 pm weekdays and 11:00 am - 8:00 pm weekends. Oakcrest Camp is open 7:00 am to 7:00 pm weekdays.

For more information, at the Metuchen Y contact Patricia Colandra at 732-548-2044 or pat.colandra@ymcaofmewsa.org. At the Edison Y contact Kristine Rosko at 732-494-3232 or kristine.rosko@ymcaofmewsa.org. At the Metuchen Food Pantry at the First Presbyterian Church contact Tom Giordano at 732-609-0127 or togio227@aol.com

Staff and volunteers at the Y and at the pantry look forward to collaborating with all residents to help reduce the levels of food insecurity in our community.