UNION COUNTY, NJ - -Family Promise, the Summit-based national nonprofit helping homeless families achieve independence, has partnered with the Summit Police Department for the 2nd annual “Summit CommUNITY Cares” food and household goods collection.  The event runs from May 23rd through June 13th with Family Promise’s Union County program and the Junior League of Summit as the recipients of items collected.

The initiative was first started in 2015 and was a huge success with over 350 pounds of food collected. This event is held at the end of the school year when it benefits the youth of our communities the most. Sadly, many don't realize the struggles that countless families face on a daily basis, including in affluent areas such as Summit.

Exclusively to just New Jersey, it is estimated that more than 695,000 children receive free or reduced meals during the school year. However, a staggering six out of seven children who participate in the lunch program will not continue to receive adequate meals during the summer months.

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Geleen Donovan, Family Promise-Union County Director, said, “We help homeless families in Union County find permanent, safe housing. Once our families are in their new home, we continue to offer support—many times this includes the basic necessity of food. Most working families are not eligible for the federal food assistance program- SNAP. The Summit Police Department food drive was so successful last year; we helped many families with supplemental food over the summer months.”

Family Promise, the Junior League of Summit and the Summit Police Department are asking for your generosity in providing for these children a sense of normalcy and a healthier lifestyle. For a full listing of items to donate and addresses for the collection bins (graciously provided by The Liberty Group of Berkeley Heights), visit the police department website or the Summit Police Department Facebook Page.

Those wishing to contribute items during this initiative can visit one of the twelve locations where collection bins will be housed: Summit City Hall, MONDO, Junior League of Summit Thrift Shop, the Summit Area YMCA, the Connection for Women & Families, all five Summit Public Elementary Schools and both Summit Public Primary Schools.

For more information, please contact Geleen Donovan of Family Promise-Union County at 908-289-7300, gdonovan@familypromise.org or Nikki Griffiths of the Summit Police Department at 908-277-9472, ngriffiths@spdnj.org