HILLSIDE – Close to 340,000 New Jersey children face hunger every day. Many of their families don’t have the means to enjoy a traditional Thanksgiving dinner – turkey, stuffing and all. To make sure food insecure people across the state have what they need to share in a holiday meal, the Community FoodBank of New Jersey has been acquiring thousands of turkeys since the spring and will gather even more at the 16th annual Turkey Drive the weekend before Thanksgiving.

FoodBank staff and volunteers will collect frozen turkeys and all the fixings at four dozen sites across the state on Saturday, Nov. 19, and Sunday, Nov. 20.

Last year, the Community FoodBank of New Jersey gathered nearly 35,000 pounds of food and more than 4,300 turkeys thanks to people who donated to help feed families in need. Locally, you can donate at the Wayne Township municipal parking lot at 475 Valley Rd., from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Nov. 19.

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The FoodBank’s most-wanted items include frozen turkeys and hams, canned vegetables, gravy, cranberry sauce and stuffing. Donate food and funds to make a difference in the lives of the 1.1 million people facing hunger in New Jersey. For more information, visit cfbnj.org/turkey.

The Community FoodBank of New Jersey (CFBNJ), a member of Feeding America®, provides people across the state with food, help and hope. The FoodBank distributed over 43 million pounds of food last year to its more than 1,000 partner charities including pantries, soup kitchens, emergency shelters, mobile pantries, and child and senior feeding programs. For our neighbors, especially families, and for the volunteers and donors who support them, the Community FoodBank of New Jersey is the powerful change agent that fills the emptiness caused by hunger with the basic human essentials that people need to survive. More than 4.7 million times a year, someone in need is fed by the FoodBank’s network of partner charities.