On Saturday, November 20, one hundred twenty-three volunteers gathered at Faith Lutheran Church in New Providence to sort and pack $26,200 of canned and packaged food, designated for the needy. One hundred four of the volunteers were members of Faith. The food had been collected by cub and boy scout troops of New Providence and Berkeley Heights.
The volunteers prepared 200 boxes of food for forty-two local families, most of who live in New Providence.
The boxes were accompanied by turkeys, collected by Our Lady of Peace Church, and pies baked by the home economics class at New Providence High School.
The boxes were distributed to the local residents by the New Providence Community Service Association.
The remaining 280 boxes were delivered by Faith Lutheran Church to StarFish Pantry, a combined Jewish/Christian organization in Plainfield, which provides emergency aid to about 9,000 people in that area, two-thirds of whom are children. Although the resources of the Pantry had almost been depleted, the new food will meet the needs of the Pantry throughout the winter and early spring.
Cheryl Bock of Faith Lutheran and New Providence was the chairperson of the Fall Food Drive.
This is the tenth consecutive year that Ms. Bock has fulfilled this significant responsibility.
For more information about the food collection and other outreach programs of Faith Lutheran Church, one may call the church office at 908-464-5177 or e-mail the church at Family.Faith@verizon.net
The web site is www.famfaith.org
Picture One – From left, Kevin and Brian Rook busily fill boxes of donated food.
Picture Two – Girls from the seventh and eighth Sunday School class of Faith Lutheran teamed together to sort and pack food. They are, in front, Rachel Chirichella, in back from left, Katie Chirichella, Jackie Spero, Elisabeth Galgano and Olivia Loggia
Picture Three – From left, Michael, Bob and Lily Delatour worked together sorting the great volume and variety of food.
Picture Four - From left, Jessica Bock and Kerry Stahlin stand in front of some of the 480 boxes of food ready to be delivered to the needy.
Picture Five - Peter McQuaid uses his shirt to carry canned goods to the boxes to be filled.