MONTVILLE, NJ – The Montville Township Police Explorers Post 805 held a food drive that benefitted the Montville Township Kiwanis Club’s Food Pantry.

“The Explorers collected 200 to 300 items of food to help awareness of the ever-growing poverty and hunger problem in the U.S.  We wanted to help out the Kiwanis to make people in the community aware of programs like this one, which serves many families in Montville,” said Post Advisor Patrolman Dominick Danzi.

Located on Passaic Valley Road, the Montville Kiwanis Food Pantry has been in operation for six years. Volunteers operate the pantry two days a week: Thursday from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Shoppers must register and present a form of I.D. plus two proofs of residency in Montville Township, but registration is free and immediate. The group accepts ongoing donations of non-perishable food, but requests no hygiene products or baby food.

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The Montville Township Police Explorers are a group of young men and women ages 13 to 21 who are interested in law enforcement. They learn about the police, FBI and other groups and techniques. Explorers are certified in C.P.R., basic first aid and radio communications, and they perform community service including aiding with safety at Montville Township’s July 4th Celebration, the Montville Township “Trunk or Treat” event, and the American Cancer Society Relay for Life Celebration. The group meets two Tuesdays a month. For more information, click Montville Police Explorers or email MTPE805@gmail.com.

“I'd like to thank the community and my fellow Explorers for making our food drive a success. We had a great turnout and could not have done it without the help of many,” stated Explorer Post Commander Michael Cooney, Jr.