SOMERSET, NJ — Earlier this month the SALT Foundation and the Somerset Community Action Program (SCAP) partnered to deliver essential nourishment to more than 200 local residents during a drive-through food pantry event. 

Tomorrow, on Earth Day the two groups will partner again to host SALT's fifth "Community Love" drive-through food pantry event at the Ukrainian Cultural Center on135 Davidson Avenue from 1 pm to 4 pm. 

“This Earth Day, nothing symbolizes our connection to the world around us quite like the healthy food that all of us need, especially during this incredibly challenging time of the COVID-19 pandemic and its social restrictions,” SALT Foundation Founder, Claudia Wheeler said.  “During this time, we rely more than ever on the support of generous providers like Trader Joe’s and Wegmans, and community partners like Somerset Community Action Program and the Ukrainian Cultural Center.”

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More than 200 pre-packed shopping bags filled with a range of healthy and hearty protein, fruits, vegetables, bread, and other food. The event is being structured so that all volunteers and recipients can maintain social distancing.

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The SALT Foundation has hosted many of its events in Somerset County and distributed more than 500 bags of food, according to organizers. SALT also held two events in Jersey City in partnership with the Freetown Road Project restaurant. 

Wheeler said many township officials have been helpful in helping SALT find locations for its drive-through events and storage for food products.

"Councilman William Galtieri has been very helpful in advising us and is currently working on food storage space as the weather gets warmer," Wheeler told TAPinto. 

Galtieri says the township elected officials and administrators are happy to have an organization help augment existing programs. 

"We are appreciative of SALT Foundation Inc having the pop-up food distribution site to help supplement the work The Franklin Food Bank has been tirelessly doing for many years," Galtieri said. "This is helping our residents have another source of food during this crisis."  

SALT Foundation gathers food that would otherwise be thrown away from a variety of generous grocery stores, including Wegmans in Princeton and Trader Joe’s locations in Hoboken and Brick, and then distributes that food to homeless shelters, food pantries, soup kitchens, women’s shelters, community groups, churches, and special events like this one.

People can help support SALT's 501(c)3 work with an online donation via GoFundMe or PayPal on its website at www.theSaltFoundationInc.org.

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