HACKENSACK, N.J. — The Salvation Army of New Jersey held a successful Thanksgiving Breakfast To-Go (Plus All the Makings for Thanksgiving Dinner) pick-up event at Eastwick College in the city on Wednesday, November 25.

Volunteers provided 235 Bergen County families with a free nutritious breakfast and a turkey. For a decade, the Salvation Army Hackensack Corps has served its annual Thanksgiving breakfast indoors, but because of the Covid-19 pandemic, families were provided with a grab-and-go breakfast and turkey pick-up where the distribution was set up in the lower parking lot at Eastwick College on Moore Street in Hackensack that morning.

In the midst of the coronavirus pandemic, The Salvation Army of New Jersey continues to see severe food insecurity statewide, with heightened needs in Hackensack. (A reported 70% of city residents take advantage of their services.) Since the pandemic hit in March, The Salvation Army of New Jersey has provided more than 6.3 million meals to those in need. Seeing that Thanksgiving may be a struggle for many families and individuals this year, The Salvation Army Hackensack Corps wished to ensure that no family or individual goes without a nutritious breakfast — and turkey — on Thanksgiving.

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That Wednesday, the nonprofit distributed hundreds of food boxes filled with the makings of a Thanksgiving breakfast and a turkey for pick-up to families and individuals in need. This past year, Officer Gordon Sparks, worked out of his Hackensack residence to help residents in need get back on their feet while offering a myriad of services from food, to rental, housing, resume help, online tutoring and assisting those with substance abuse disorders gain entrance into detox and treatment programs. 

About The Salvation Army
The Salvation Army annually helps more than 23 million Americans overcome poverty, addiction and economic hardships through a range of social services. By providing food for the hungry, emergency relief for disaster survivors, rehabilitation for those suffering from drug and alcohol abuse, and clothing and shelter for people in need, The Salvation Army is “doing the most good” at 7,600 centers of operation around the country. In the first-ever listing of “America’s Favorite Charities” by The Chronicle of Philanthropy, The Salvation Army ranked as the country’s largest privately funded, direct-service nonprofit. For more information, visit SalvationArmyUSA.org. Follow us on Twitter @SalvationArmyUS and #DoingTheMostGood.