Help check out hunger this holiday season with donations to a Food Drive being sponsored by the Libraries of Union County Consortium (LUCC). From November 30 - December 18, your local public library will be accepting donations of non-perishable food items to benefit the New Jersey Community Food Bank and other local food pantries. Collection bins will be conveniently located at the public libraries and library staff will then route 100% of the donations to designated food banks.

Even though experts say our economy is in recovery, many people in New Jersey have been left behind; low income families; struggling single parents; the elderly on a fixed income; the unemployed. The New Jersey Community Food Bank assists by supplying food to over 1,500 non-profit charities in 19 counties, including soup kitchens, food pantries, shelters, local food banks, after school programs and senior centers.

To make this holiday season hunger free, simply visit your local library with a donation of non-perishable items. Groceries most urgently needed are canned meat and fish; canned soups and stews; peanut butter (in plastic jars); boxed pasta and rice; powdered milk; infant formula; canned vegetables and fruits.

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Participating libraries include: Berkeley Heights Public Library, Cranford Public Library, Elizabeth Public Library,  Fanwood Memorial Library, Garwood Free Public Library, Hillside Public Library, Kenilworth Public Library, Linden Public Library, Mountainside Public Library, New Providence Memorial Library, Plainfield Public Library, Rahway Public Library, Roselle Public Library, Scotch Plains Public Library, Springfield Public Library, Summit Public Library, Union Free Public Library, Westfield Memorial Library. For more information, contact your library or visit the Union County Public Libraries web site at www.luccnj.org.