ROXBURY, N.J. - The Roxbury Police Department's annual food drive to benefit Roxbury Social Services is underway. 

The yearly effort allows people to bring non-perishable items to the police station on Route 46 in Ledgewood. The items will be collected by the police department and delivered to the Roxbury Social Services Food Pantry on the day before Thanksgiving, police said. 

"The Food Pantry is extremely low of supplies and is in desperate need of donations," noted the police. "The Food Pantry exists solely on the generous donations from individuals and businesses. Many individuals in our township rely on Social Services and our Food Pantry." 

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One thing that makes the police department's food drive special is that it offers parents an opportunity to teach children about "taking an active role in their community by helping to fight hunger," police said. When a child brings items to be donated, they will be named a "Fighting Hunger Hero" and get their photo taken with a police officer. The picture will go on the Roxbury Police Department's Facebook page, the child will be given a T-shirt and some will be picked to get a tour of the police station. 

Those with questions are asked to call (973) 448-2037 or (973) 448-2026.