ROXBURY, NJ - The new Kiwanis Club of Greater Roxbury has planned another free food distribution, an event where it expects to hand out about 10,000 pounds of food.

The event is scheduled for March 14 from 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. at Kiwanis Park, 9 Makin Lane, Succasunna. The club's volunteers will be distributing items including canned food, fresh produce and groceries.

To register visit www.roxburykiwanis.org/food. Masks and social distancing will be required at the food distributions.

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Thanks to a donation from local pizza shop owner Paul Bellardini, the club will be able to distribute food to over 250 families. The Kiwanis Club of Greater Roxbury distributed 4,000 pounds in December and another 7,000 pounds in February.

Landing resident Cain Pope, the new club's president, has been very instrumental in forming the new organization to serve the residents of Roxbury and Mount Arlington. He has been able to enlist 21 other volunteers to join him in future efforts.

The USDA estimates that in 2018, about 774,860 people, including 219,760 children, in New Jersey were food insecure. That means one in 11 individuals (8.7%) and one in nine children (11.3%) live in homes without consistent access to adequate food for everyone to live healthy, active lives.

"These numbers have increased drastically with families struggling during the pandemic” said Pope.

Kiwanis Club of Greater Roxbury has coordinated with other clubs throughout New Jersey during this pandemic including Lenape Valley Kiwanis Club, Tri-Town Kiwanis Club, Greater Parsippany Kiwanis Club and South Orange Maplewood Kiwanis Club. 

Also in March, Asbury Park Kiwanis Club, Marlton Kiwanis Club, Bloomfield Kiwanis Club and Clifton Kiwanis Club will join in and distribute food in their communities.

Kiwanis is a global organization of volunteers dedicated to improving the world one child and one community at a time.

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