PLAINFIELD, NJ — A group of volunteers gathered at duCret School of Art on a brisk Saturday to pack trucks with food to be distributed to those in need in the Plainfield community. The boxes, assembled earlier in the week, were packed with 12,000 pounds of food received from Community FoodBank of New Jersey, and another 2,800 pounds of food donations made to Star Fish Food Pantry; 350 families received boxes, and over 50 seniors had them delivered to their homes.
Sean McKenna, a councilman in the Second Ward, said the Plainfield YMCA branch of Greater Somerset County is working with the New Jersey YMCA State Alliance to deliver the boxes of five-day food supplies each week. Organizers anticipate to run the program for eight weeks.
Additional program participants include Star Fish Food Pantry, the Rotary Club of the Plainfields, and duCret School of Art and Crescent Avenue Presbyterian Church. Boxes were donated by U-Haul Moving & Storage of Plainfield, and Astro Rents of North Plainfield donated the use of the Kubota skid steer.
Food was given out starting at 1 p.m. at the Plainfield Salvation Army, Angels for Action, Calvary Baptist Church, and the North Avenue side of Netherwood Train Station.
"It’s amazing that Sean McKenna and the Somerset/Plainfield YMCA were able to organize this charitable event so quickly," Tim O'Connor, a Plainfield resident and volunteer at duCret, told TAPinto Plainfield. "I knew food insecurity was a real thing but I didn’t realize the extent and the need. I hope our actions today helped families to make it through another week with one less thing to worry about. No one should have to worry about food."
Volunteers can sign up HERE to help package and distribute boxes. Donated food items can be dropped off at duCret, at 1030 Central Avenue in Plainfield Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monetary donations can be made online at Star Fish Food Pantry, and checks payable to Star Fish, Inc. can be mailed to P.O. Box 2822, Plainfield, NJ 07062-0822.
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