NUTLEY, NJ - While doing that last minute shopping for your holiday cook out, be sure to pick up some peanut butter, tuna, and cereal to place in one of the Carts of Caring shopping carts during Nutley's  100th Anniversary Memorial Day Parade. 

Carts of Caring, a ministry of Franklin Reformed Church, Nutley, will march in the township's  Memorial Day Parade to collect non-perishable food for the Nutley Family Services Food Pantry (NFSB).

According to NFSB Executive Director Eileen Painter, the end of school also means the end of free and reduced lunch progrmas. This places an extra burden on families who are struggling to make ends meet. Peanut Butter is a shelf stable protein source, even after it is open, making it an ideal food to donate.Of course any non-perishable food items are welcome, including Macaroni and Cheese, canned pineapple, and Progresso Soup. 

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Members of the congregation will march along the parade route with shopping carts on loan from Nutley Park Shop Rite. Parade viewers can put their food donations into the carts as the group passes by.

Cash donations will also be accepted. Cash donations are used by NFSB to purchase perishable food for their clients. 2019 continues this fairly new tradition in which the congregants marched to benefit the food pantry operation of Nutley Family Service Bureau. Each year the community support for Carts of Caring is better than the last.

Rev. Jill Fenske of Franklin Reformed Church, is known in town for putting faith into action. She will be joined by fellow congregants and Eileen Painter, Executive Director of Nutley Family Service Bureau. 

Memorial Day is often referred to as the unofficial start of summer, but for people working with supplemental nutrition programs, summer is also the start of the time of year that donations drop just as need rises.  Donations of food always hit peaks at Thanksgiving, and then again at the end of the year, but summer is traditionally a slow period for donations. 

Nutley's 100th Memorial Day Parade kicks off from the Nutley Park Oval at 11 a.m. on Monday May 27, 2019. the route goes along Chestnut St. to Passaic Ave, Passaic Ave to Centra St, Centre St. to Franklin Ave, and along Franklin Ave. back to the Oval. 


Related story: Save the Date: the 100th Nutley Memorial Day Parade is May 27


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