ELIZABETH, NJ - Assemblywoman Annette Quijano (D-Union) is partnering up with local organizations in the city to launch a month-long food drive that will distribute sandwiches almost twice a week.
The fifth annual “Hunger Doesn’t Take a Vacation” food drive kicks off on Aug. 2. Quijano will partner with the Elizabeth Coalition to House the Homeless and the St. Joseph's Social Service Center for the drive.
The assemblywoman initially launched the food drive to help children and families who may struggle during the summer months when free or reduced-priced school lunches are not available.
“When children don't have access to free and reduced school lunches it affects the entire family because parents and guardians often choose to use their limited funds to feed the children and not themselves,” Quijano wrote in her weekly email newsletter.
Volunteers will prepare sandwiches in the upcoming month each Friday and Wednesday, except for Aug. 16. The sandwiches will be distributed from 10 a.m. to noon at the Elizabeth Coalition to House the Homeless at 118 Division St.
Quijano is looking for volunteers and donations to help with the food drive too.
“The end to homelessness, poverty and food insecurity starts with us lending a helping hand to our friends and neighbors who are experiencing hardship right here our community,” Quijano said in a statement.
Those interested in volunteering or donating should email HungerDoesntTakeAVacation@gmail.com or call 908-477-5808.