ROXBURY, NJ - Members of the Kiwanis Club of Roxbury joined last weekend in a food distribution effort that involved more than 100 volunteers from Kiwanis Clubs in Northern New Jersey and local high school Key Clubs.

During the Feb. 13 effort, food was given to area residents struggling from the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic.

At Kiwanis Park in Succasunna, the Kiwanis Club of Roxbury doled out more than 6,000 pounds of food, according to organizers.

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“Today, I am proud to announce that Kiwanis Club volunteers have raised or donated enough money to distribute over 21,000 pounds of food in Roxbury, Parsippany, Netcong, Hopatcong, Boonton, South Orange and Maplewood,“ said Kiwanis Lt. Governor Frank Cahill in a statement. "Make no mistake about it, people in our neighborhoods are in crisis. Food pantries are empty and warming shelters are full. Drug overdoses and suicides have increased as the lockdowns and partial closures drag on."

Kiwanis Club of Roxbury President Cain Pope said 16 million American children struggle with hunger each year.

"An estimated 48.8 million Americans, including 16.2 million children, live in households that lack the means to get enough nutritious food on a regular basis," Cain added. "As many as one in four kids could face hunger because of the coronavirus.”

For more information on Kiwanis Club of Greater Roxbury visit www.roxburykiwanis.org or contact Cain Pope at (201) 300-7654.