NEWTON,  NJ –The police Departments, Sheriff’s Office and New Jersey State Police Troopers of Sussex County are teaming up to conduce the first annual Sussex County “Cram the Cruiser” food drive to collect food donations for Sussex County residents in need of assistance.

“We are asking for the public’s help in making donations of all food items to “cram the Cruisers,” organizers said. 

All donations will be provided to Sussex County’s Social Services food pantry which, in turn, provides food to residents in need within the county.  It also provides weekend meals for almost 500 children each week who take part in the free school lunch program. 

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“I commend the leadership of law enforcement agencies across Sussex County who have successfully harnessed the good will and community-mindedness of their Officers to all work together toward a common goal to help those in need and to help ensure there are no children going hungry in Sussex County,” Chief Michael Richards said. “The Sussex County Police Chiefs’ Association is proud to help orchestrate this effort.”

The Social Services Food Pantry is part of the Sussex County Division of Social Services or County Welfare Office.  The pantry is staffed by volunteers whose mission is “To Feed People” living in Sussex County. 

The pantry feeds people that come into the Social Services Office for food.  It also provides food to other food pantries in the county when they are in need.

The food items most needed for the children’s weekend meals:

  • Chicken noodle soup,
  • Canned tuna or chicken (5 oz)
  • Macaroni and Cheese,
  • Chewy Granola bars,
  • Oatmeal packets,
  • Fruit snacks,
  • Ramen noodles,
  • Meals in a can like spaghettios, ravioli, beefaroni, beef stew or chili.

Other food items needed:

Mack and cheese, tuna or chicken in a can, peanut butter and jelly, cereal, soups, pasta and pasta sauce, means in a can, rice, instant potatoes, pancake mix and syrup, canned fruit, baby food and formula, diapers, personal hygiene products.

Fresh and frozen turkeys and hams can also be donated.

The pantry also requests any other food, cash or gift card donations. 

Officers from every department will be volunteering their time to help collect the food donation in several locations in the county.  All police stations and the New Jersey State Police Barracks lobbies in the county until April 15.

In Newton donations are being collected at the Weis parking lot from 10 a.m. until 6 p.m.

In Sparta donations can also be dropped off at the Mohawk House Restaurant, 3 Sparta Junction in Sparta from noon until 10 p.m. and at the Stop and Shop parking lot on April 15 from 10 a.m. until 6 p.m.

Donations will also be collected on April 15 from 10 a.m.  until 6 p.m. at the

  • Lakeland Bank in Byram,
  • Weis and Wal-Mart parking lots in Franklin and,
  • Chase Bank parking lot in the TriState Mall on Route 23 in Montague.