WESTFIELD, NJ - Help check out hunger this holiday season with donations to a Food Drive being sponsored by the Union County Public Libraries. From November 30 to December 18, the Westfield Memorial Library will be accepting donations of non-perishable food items to benefit the New Jersey Community Food Bank and other local food pantries. Collection bins will be conveniently located at the public libraries and library staff will then route 100% of the donations to designated food banks.

During these tough economic times, many people in New Jersey have been left behind; low income families; struggling single parents; the elderly on a fixed income; the unemployed. Several years later many people are still suffering the effects of super storm Sandy. The New Jersey Community Food Bank assists by supplying food to over 1,500 non-profit charities in 19 counties, including soup kitchens, food pantries, shelters, local food banks, after school programs and senior centers.

To make this holiday season hunger free, simply visit your local library with a donation of non-perishable items. Groceries most urgently needed are canned meat and fish; canned soups and stews; peanut butter (in plastic jars); boxed pasta and rice; powdered milk; infant formula; canned vegetables and fruits.

For more information, contact the Westfield Memorial Library at 908.789.4090 or visit the Union County Public Libraries web site at www.luccnj.org.