NEW PROVIDENCE, NJ - Residents can help 'check out' hunger this holiday season with donations to a food drive being sponsored by the Libraries of Union County Consortium (LUCC). From November 21 - December 16, the New Providence Free Public Library and other Union County public libraries will be accepting donations of non-perishable food items to benefit the Community FoodBank of New Jersey 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.

The Community FoodBank of New Jersey assists those in need 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. Non-perishable 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.

In addition to the New Providence Public Library, located at 377 Elkwood Ave., other participating libraries include: Cranford Public Library, Elizabeth Public Library,  Hillside Public Library, Kenilworth Public Library, Linden Public Library, Mountainside Public Library, Summit Public Library, Plainfield Public Library, Rahway Public Library, Roselle Park Public Library, Scotch Plains Public Library, Springfield Public Library, Union Free Public Library, and the Westfield Memorial Library.

For more information, contact the New Providence Memorial Library or visit luccnj.org.