NEW PROVIDENCE, NJ - On Saturday, Nov. 18, eighty-three members of Faith Lutheran Church and thirty-seven members of the New Providence community gathered at Faith to sort and pack $37,500 of canned and packaged food for the needy.  The food filled 743 boxes. 

During the prior weekend Boy Scouts and Cub Scouts distributed bags to the doorsteps of the residents of New Providence.  On the morning of Nov. 18, the Scouts returned to the doorsteps, picked up the food-filled bags and delivered them to Faith.  Boy Scout Troop 68 of Berkeley Heights, under the leadership of Jim Kwan, assisted with the unloading of the bags from cars and moving the bags down the long hallway of Faith Lutheran for sorting and packing at the fellowship hall.

The volunteers prepared 110 boxes of food for twenty-five families of New Providence, who are in need.  The boxes were distributed to the local residents by the New Providence Community Service Association, under the direction of John Malinauskas.

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On Saturday, Nov.  25, 633 boxes were delivered by Faith Lutheran 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.  Twenty-one members of Faith, using two trucks, conducted the packing, delivery and unpacking at StarFish.  The new food will meet the needs of the Pantry until next summer.

Lantern Hill, a continuing care community on the property across from Faith, paid for the rental of the trucks.

Cheryl Bock of Faith was the chairperson of the Food Drive.  This is the seventeenth consecutive year that Ms. Bock has fulfilled this significant responsibility.

For more information about the food collection and other outreach programs of Faith, visit its web site at www.famfaith.org or call the church office 908-464-5177.