LIVINGSTON, NJ — Due to the impact that the pandemic and stay-at-home orders have had on the economy, the Livingston Fire Department has partnered with Livingston Neighbors Helping Neighbors, the Livingston Clergy Association and other groups to organize food donation drops to be held once a month “for the foreseeable future in an effort to ensure that supplies never run out.”

Members of the Livingston Fire Department created a safe way for residents to contribute to the food pantry in recognition that the shutdown, layoffs, furloughs and business closures “have affected many in our local community and beyond.”

The initial collection dates are Saturday, June 6 and Sunday, June 7 from 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. at Livingston Town Hall, located at 357 South Livingston Avenue. In order to ensure the safety of donors, all residents will be asked to pull up to the building and unlock their trunk, rear hatch or rear doors so that volunteers can retrieve donated items without anyone exiting the vehicle.

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“We are certain that our community will rise to the occasion and help,” the Livingston Fire Department said in a statement about the monthly collection. “Most everyone can take up a few extra items at the supermarket while shopping.” 

All food donations should be non-perishable and must be canned or boxed. Other items, such as toiletries, will also be accepted.

Suggested items include cereal, peanut butter, baked beans, canned chicken, laundry detergent, paper plates, canned fruit, jelly, canned vegetables, chicken noodle soup, mac and cheese, plastic utensils, apple sauce, tomato sauce, rice, canned soup, dish detergent, boxed pasta, oatmeal, kids’ snacks, granola bars, breakfast bars, napkins and water/soda.

Any questions should be directed to Tom Cooney at tomcooney16@gmail.com.