ELIZABETH, NJ - About 16 volunteers from the Union County Sheriff's Office prepared sandwiches for a campaign aimed at combating a lack of school lunches during the summer months.
“It could be you tomorrow,” said Sheriff Joseph Cryan on Wednesday after making sandwiches at the Elizabeth Coalition to House the Homeless. “People don't realize that the folks that are going to consume these sandwiches, in many cases are the working poor. They're at their job.”
The fifth annual “Hunger Doesn’t Take a Vacation” drive is a month-long initiative launched by state Assemblywoman Annette Quijano (D-Union), who partnered with the Elizabeth Coalition to House the Homeless and St. Joseph's Social Service Center for the drive.
Linda Flores-Tober, executive director of the Elizabeth Coalition to House the Homeless, said several hundred people had come in the center at 118 Division St. to pick up sandwiches throughout August.
“There's been various people who come in, they volunteer,” Flores-Tober said, adding that high school sports teams, PSE&G and Elizabethtown Gas employees also volunteered in the drive this year. “They want to help out because people are hungry in Elizabeth and these sandwiches make a big difference in their lives. This is not just like a token sandwich.”
About 500 bags containing a PB&J and cold cut sandwich were distributed each day of the campaign on every Wednesday and Friday this month except for Aug. 16.
Aug. 30 is the last day of the drive, and sandwiches will be distributed from 10 a.m. to noon. For more information about the services at the Elizabeth Coalition to House the Homeless, visit the organization’s website.