NUTLEY, NJ - Carts of Caring, a ministry of Franklin Reformed Church, Nutley, will march in the township's 100th Memorial Day Parade to collect non-perishable food for the Nutley Family Services Food Pantry (NFSB).

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 marks the third year in a row that the congregants marched to benefit the food pantry operation of Nutley Family Service Bureau. 

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Rev. Jill Fenske of Franklin Reformed Church, is known in town for putting faith into action. She will be joined 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. 

The need for supplemental nutrition increases during the summer months as children in free and reduced lunch programs at schools suddenly don't have access to one meal a day once the school year comes to an end.

Nutley's 100th Memorial Day Parade will take place on Monday May 27, 2019.


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