MONTVILLE, NJ – Jonathan Goldstein got the green light from his Boy Scoutmaster and took off with an idea to conduct a food pantry drive that was wildly successful for the Montville charity.

When Jonathan saw that free and reduced-fee meals were not being provided to school children as needed and that so many had lost their jobs, he knew that the Montville Kiwanis Food Pantry needed a boost.

“A scout does a good turn daily,” he told TAPinto Montville. “And it’s part of the Jewish core values.”

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So he enlisted the help of his brother Daniel, plus Montville Cub Scout Pack 179 to help spread the word. Over the course of three weeks, the brothers accepted drop-offs at their house. Word went out on Facebook via the Montville Moms community, and via the boys’ temple, Beth Am.

The boys and Troop 74 and Pack 179 leaders dropped off the collections on May 30: 50 bags of food and $845 in gift cards and checks.

“Part of the Boy Scout oath is to ‘help other people at all times,’ and it turned out to be something good for the Montville Food Pantry,” Scoutmaster Tom Radcliffe said about the drive. “I am very proud of the efforts of our Scouts and leaders for this food donation. Special thanks go to Jonathan Goldstein, Star Scout rank, for suggesting and leading this food drive. He did an outstanding job of planning, organizing, and executing it. His efforts are an example of his character and they embody all that is Scouting.”

Food pantry director Deane Driscoll said the donation was appreciated because the demand in the calendar month of May had doubled.

“The pantry fed 128 families in May,” he said. “If you want to talk about people donating towards a food pantry, Montville Township has to be at the top. We had to expand into the Wrestling Barn.”

Driscoll said that the pantry still needs donations of any non-perishable goods, but he asks that residents check the dates on the packages to make sure the items are not expired, which causes a lot of work for the volunteers.

Speaking of volunteers, Driscoll said the pantry is in need of shoppers to go to Aldi in Rockaway and purchase items. Please contact him at 973-216-7649.

Because of the increased demand, the food pantry is instilling a limit of two visits per month. Montville residents only, please. Proof of residency must be shown.

“Thank you for an awesome overwhelming display of charity and support from everyone,” he said.

The pantry is open Thursdays from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. and Saturdays from 10 a.m. to noon for both donations and pick-ups.

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