ELIZABETH, NJ – Assemblywoman Annette Quijano (D-Union) reminded Union County residents for the fourth year that "Hunger Doesn't Take a Vacation," when she kicked off a month-long food drive on Wednesday, July 27, to help feed the homeless in the Elizabeth area.

Quijano is partnering with the Elizabeth Coalition to House the Homeless and the St. Joseph Service Center to help procure thousands of sandwiches that will be distributed to homeless residents in the area.

"For the past three years, I have seen this community dig in to help our friends and neighbors who are struggling to live day-to-day here in Elizabeth,” said Quijano. "During the busy summer months, it's easy to forget that there are those around us for whom hunger doesn't take a vacation. I’m really proud of all the volunteers and donating organizations that agreed to give their time and resources to feed over 500 people today."

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Sandwiches will be prepared by various groups every Wednesday and Thursday in August (8/3, 8/4, 8/10, 8/11, 8/17, 8/18, 8/24, 8/25, 8/31 & 9/1) between 10 a.m. and 12 p.m. at St. Joseph's Social Service Center, located at 118 Division Street, Elizabeth. Volunteers are also encouraged to stay and help distribute sandwiches at 1 p.m.

"I can't thank enough all the generous sponsors and volunteers who are coming together to help support this drive once again," added Quijano. "Donations have been received from various organizations and businesses, but additional assistance can assure that more people are fed. Whether its money, bottled water, small snacks, people can continue to donate online. I hope everyone will take the time to find out how they can get involved, not just in August, but every month of the year, to help fight the growing hunger problem around us." 

Quijano urged residents to get involved and help support the Elizabeth Coalition by visiting theelizabethcoalition.org