NEW PROVIDENCE, NJ - These are dire times for many. But, New Providence always seems to live up to the motto - Nice Place, Nice People. For the past 10 weeks, local volunteers Mike Savage, Pete Lopez, Paul Johnson and Mike Scarola have been making and collecting sandwiches made by community members. The beneficiaries are St. Johns Soup Kitchen in Newark, St. Joe’s in Elizabeth, and The Salvation Army in Plainfield. A fourth organization, SHIP (Summit Helping Its People), was added just this week.
The total: 11,108 sandwiches in just 10 weeks.
This past week, even with a holiday, 1,154 sandwiches, five large boxes of fruit, sandwich bag snacks, and even baby food for St Joe’s was collected. In a word - - - INCREDIBLE. If you can, please consider making sandwiches and contributing to the sandwich drive on Mondays.
Details: Drop off every MONDAY between 1:00 pm & 2:00 pm at OLP Church, 111South Street, New Providence. Drive through the parking lot back towards South Street - you cannot miss the open door and volunteers.
Staples needed are sandwiches, apples, oranges and bananas, as well as healthy snacks for the lunch bags.
Sandwich particulars / estimates -
Two loaves of sandwich bread
2 to 3lbs of meat. (ham, bologna, turkey)
1 lb of cheese.
Put each sandwich in a plastic sandwich bag and put it back in the bread bag. Please mark the bag with the ingredients AND the number of sandwiches in the bag. Peanut Butter and Jelly sandwiches are also accepted.
This just a guideline. All donations are appreciated!
In addition, predominately non-perishable food items are also accepted for the OLP food pantry. Always IN NEED are the following items: soups, canned vegetables, beans, fruit, peanut butter, jelly, tuna fish, boxes of pasta, pasta sauce, rice, cereal, shelf stable milk, and all varieties of baby food and cereal. Also accepted - full size shampoo, conditioner, soap, toothpaste, deodorant, disposable razors (men’s and women’s), women’s hygiene products; and disposable diapers (especially sizes 3,4,5, and 6).
Questions: Call or text Mike Savage with questions (cell 908-400-6885).