MADISON, NJ -  The Rotary Club of Madison is reaching out to the community seeking monetary donations to purchase food supplies for the club's End Hunger 3.6 packaging event scheduled for March 25 at the Drew Forum in Madison from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

The rotary is also looking for volunteers of all ages for the event.

"This year’s goal is to package 150,000 meals at 25 cents per meal," said Carmella Moeller, Communications Director of the Madison Rotary. "Last year’s event resulted in packaging 52,000 meals in two hours."

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"The number of people who go hungry and who are in need of assistance in finding a meal in the New Jersey and New York City area continues to rise. In New Jersey alone, the number of people living below the poverty level is over one million. One in 5 children in New Jersey is hungry and relying on food stamps to provide daily meals. In New York City, a record number of homeless shelters to accommodate over 60,000 individuals, including 25,000 children was set in 2014," said the End Hunger organization. The agencies currently identified as recipients of the packaged meals are the New Jersey Salvation Army; The Table of Hope and the Market Street Mission in Morristown; Eva’s Village in Paterson; St. John’s Soup Kitchen in Newark; and the Bowery Mission in New York City. Combined they represent over forty sites, in NJ and NYC, that will feed and provide food to the hungry. 

If you would like to donate or volunteer please visit www.MadisonRotaryNJ.org.