PLAINFIELD, NJ — Netherwood Heights Neighbors, one of Plainfield's neighborhood associations, is seeking donations for its 13th Annual Food Drive to benefit local families in need.

Neighbor Laura Kayser is again spearheading the initiative, working as the liaison with Plainfield Action Services whose mission is to provide services to the city's low-income families and individuals regardless of ethnicity, religion or race through programs, direct monetary assistance (when available), information and referrals.

Plainfield Action Services will identify up to fifteen families with children and senior citizens for the neighborhood group.  The association will purchase a ham and a turkey for each family, and the remainder of the food in the prepared baskets is donated by area residents.

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Kayser told TAPinto Plainfield, "My favorite things about the Netherwood Holiday Food Drive are witnessing the generosity of our Plainfield community and meeting wonderful families and seniors all over the city. It's what the holiday season is all about, and volunteering for food delivery is a great opportunity to get into the holiday spirit."

Suggested food items include canned goods, rice and pasta, cereal, peanut butter and jelly, and other new and non-expired, non-perishable food.

New, non-expired donated items can be dropped off at 1116 Loraine Avenue in the Netherwood section of Plainfield through Thursday, Dec. 12.  Volunteers will then assemble the food baskets, and deliveries will be made on Saturday, Dec. 14.

Depending upon the number of food item donations, all leftover food that isn't delivered to the identified recipients will go to Plainfield's Starfish Food Pantry.

For more information, email

Netherwood Heights Neighbors is a 501(c)(3) organized exclusively for charitable and educational purposes.  To learn more, visit  Follow them on Facebook @NetherwoodHeights.