LIVINGSTON, NJ - In an effort to help local residents in need, C.H.O.W. (Community Hunger Outreach Warehouse), hosted a Stuff the Bus food drive, which made six stops at some of Livingston’s supermarkets and schools.
Residents were encouraged to arrive at any of the stops to add to the already donated food.
The first food collection stop was at Newark Academy at 8:15 a.m.
Newark Academy student Sam Rosenberg said he and the 15 other members of Community Service Council, a volunteering club at the school, decided to participate in the food drive because they strive to help people in need.
“This is more than a food drive--this is our big goal--to help people,” Rosenberg said.
He added that in order to receive as many food donations as possible from students, family members of students and faculty, the club made announcements and used social media to spread the word.
“We also gave out spirit week points to whichever grade brought in the most food,” Rosenberg said explaining their efforts. He added that Wednesday of last week was their most successful day, as nearly 700 items were donated.
A few stops later, the bus collected food at Livingston’s Kings from 9:40-10:15 am. According to Customer Service Manager, Laura Borst, 13 carts of food equaling to almost $2,500 worth of products were collected.
She explained that King’s employees put items at the register for customers to purchase and then donate to C.H.O.W. such as canned tuna, peanut butter, paper products, breakfast cereal, condiments, canned vegetables, rice, pasta, baby food and diapers.
“Everybody needs food and some people don’t have access to it," Borst said. "It makes me feel really sad and this is so great that people are willing to help others.”
She added that this is the third Stuff the Bus, King’s has participated in and they plan to continue to help in the future.
The collection bus also stopped at Shoprite, Mount Pleasant Elementary School, Harrison Elementary School and Temple Beth Shalom.
The school bus used was provided by Livingston Public Schools.