FLEMINGTON, NJ — Flemington Falcons youth football players and cheerleaders recently sorted and delivered more than 200 hygiene items to the Flemington Area Food Pantry.

“This was a great experience,” said John Walther, a parent and 7th grade football coach. “It was good for these kids to see that there are families that struggle here and that we should always be looking for ways to help each other and our community.”

Kati Hutchins, a 13-year-old cheerleader called the project, “very interesting. I liked sorting the items we donated and seeing how they were distributed to the people that need them.”

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The Falcons organization also made a $150 donation in cash and gift cards to the Pantry.

After sorting the donations, Flemington Area Food Pantry Executive Director Jeannine Gorman, led the children through an interactive tour of the facility.

“The donation of hygiene items is especially important, because they’re not covered by food stamps,” Gorman said. “These items are critical to helping people feel like a valued member of society. When someone is able to maintain their hygiene, there’s a huge sense of dignity associated with that. They can feel more confident to face the challenges of the day.”

The food pantry donation was the kick-off event to the Hunterdon Central Falcons’ Champions Charity Blitz.

“We believe in developing the whole child,” said Board President Tim Bart. “We’re hosting a series of community give back initiatives throughout the season where the children will perform acts of service, make personal contributions, and see the results of their work. It’s all part of creating a culture of empathy, integrity, and citizenship as we develop great athletes and great people.” 

Other Charity Blitz events scheduled for this year include picking vegetables for families who can’t access or afford fresh produce, collecting backpacks for local families in need, food and diaper drives, fulfilling wishes for foster children and donating time to support the Flemington-Raritan Education Foundation Winter Festival in December.

Anyone wishing to support the Falcons in their 2019 Charity Blitz initiatives can email Brian Rawlins at communityrelations@flemingtonfalcons.org.

Flemington Falcons was established in 1967 and offers youth football and cheer programs within the Hunterdon Central High School sending district for children ages 5 to 15. 

The Flemington Area Food Pantry provides food and personal care items to needy Hunterdon County families regardless of race, religion, or ethnic background. The Pantry provides supplemental groceries to approximately 1,300 income qualified Hunterdon County families. To make a donation or learn more, visit flemingtonfoodpantry.com.