Dear Editor,

When the COVID-19 crisis started to take its toll on employment in New Jersey in April 2020, St Therese K of C Council 6320 began to search for ways to help its neighbors.

Most of the food panties in the state were reporting record demands on non-perishable food and toiletry items. The Council began with joining the Diocese of Paterson Food Drive program, collecting from brother Knights, families, parishioners of St Therese Church, and neighbors.

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One of the Council’s long-time recipients of funds and contributions, Roxbury Social Services, was having difficulty meeting the ever-increasing demand.

They collected hats, coats, and scarves, which were donated by parishioners at the annual Knight’s sponsored Project WARMTH program for Roxbury Social Services in October. In addition, the Council held a March food drive, Feed the Hungry, which was a cash and food drive, during the first 2 weekends of March.

During the past year they put together and distributed about 80 bagged lunches for the needy at the Trinity Church’s Dover Food Kitchen on Blackwell Street every 90 days. 

As of today, the Council has donated about 7000 pounds of non-perishable food and toiletries and donated more than $2500. The Council collected cash for Roxbury Social Services and non-perishable foods for the Diocese of Paterson Food Drive at the Feed the Hungry event.

The result of Feed the Hungry cash donations was almost $2000 and about 800 pounds of non-perishable goods.