The Essex County Sheriff’s Office today delivered holiday meals with all the trimmings to needy families and local soup kitchens as part of their annual Thanksgiving Food Drive.
The program which stated 20 years ago with a relatively small clientele has vastly expanded over the years and now reaches thousands of our less fortunate neighbors.
In addition to providing Thanksgiving Day dinners to individual families, other project recipients include St. John’s Soup Kitchen, the Salvation Army’s Grandparents program, Casa Israel, Montclair’s Human Needs Food Pantry, the Sisters of Charity and many other social service organizations.

“Our goal is to provide quality meals for Thanksgiving Day and for the coming winter months,” said Sheriff Armando Fontoura.  “This project is a labor of love for our officers and civilian staff.  I am extremely proud of them and it is comforting to know that we can make a difference in these trying economic times.” 

Left to Right: Officer Stephanie Knox (Bloomfield resident), Sheriff Armando Fontoura (Fairfield resident), food drive coordinator Jackie DeSiena (Maplewood resident) and Officer Matt Krug (Livingston resident)