SOMERVILLE, NJ - Are you one of the many residents who have donated this year? Freeholder Director Brian D. Levine thanks Somerset County residents for donating to programs that have helped provide necessary resources for those in need.

This year, residents have donated 16,000 pounds of food to BOBO Fridays, the Curbing Hunger Month program received 25,000 pounds of food, and donations totaling more than $5,000 were given to the Adopt-A-Family Thanksgiving program.  Hundreds of school supplies and winter wear also were contributed to Project Warm Your Heart and Project First Class, respectively.

“On behalf of the Board of Chosen Freeholders and the Somerset County residents who have benefited from these generous donations, we thank the donors,” Levine said. “Although Somerset County is the seventh wealthiest county in the country, there are many residents who have suffered from one or more unexpected hardships and are struggling to make ends meet. Donations from our residents have been extraordinarily helpful to these families.”

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Donations to BOBO Fridays and Curbing Hunger Month are accepted all year. Just “Buy One Bring One” can of food and deposit it into a blue bin located at various county libraries and municipal buildings or at the Somerset County Administration Building in Somerville.  Residents can donate to Curbing Hunger Month by leaving cans of food in plastic bags marked “food” to be picked up at their regularly scheduled recycling date, which will be transported to the Food Bank Network of Somerset County.

Project First Class occurs annually in August and Project Warm Your Heart is held in October. These beneficial programs are sponsored by the Somerset County Commission on the Status of Women (SCCSW). The SCCSW was created by the Board of Chosen Freeholders in January 1985 to help identify and address issues that affect women in local communities.