FANWOOD, NJ -- It'll be the "Battle of The Union County 'Woods" as Fanwood Mayor Colleen Mahr and Garwood Mayor Sara Todisco have challenged each other's communities to see which one can raise enough food for the Foodstock organization.

The mayors of both one square mile towns are encouraging their residents to donate to help alleviate hunger locally.

"Summer is when donations at food pantries are at their lowest. An estimated 53,000 people in Union County experience food insecurity," said Mayor Colleen Mahr as she kicked off the campaign with Mayor Todisco and Bob Swisher, founder of Foodstock and a Fanwood native. "We have neighbors who are not eating because they can't afford food. Your food donations stay local."

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Fanwood residents can donate food at Borough Hall (75 N Martine Ave., Fanwood) or at the Fanwood Memorial Library (5 Forest Rd., Fanwood). Garwood residents can also donate at their town hall (403 South Ave., Garwood) and at the Garwood Library (411 3rd Ave., Garwood).

All food donations must be non-perishable. Suggested items include:

  • Canned fruit (preferably items in light syrup or natural juice)
  • Canned soups, vegetables, and beans
  • Tuna fish
  • Cereals 
  • Coffee and tea 
  • Pasta (all types), rice, and macaroni & cheese
  • Peanut butter and jelly
  • Stuffing, cranberry sauce, and other Thanksgiving items
  • Small individual portions of apple sauce, pudding, snacks and juices


The food drive commences on Tuesday, Sept. 3, and concludes on Oct. 31, 2019. Thereafter, the donations will be weighed and distributed to people in need.

Foodstock is a grassroots community effort formed to assist with the needs of our less fortunate community members who are struggling to put food on their tables due to the current economic environment. This successful effort began in 2010 in central New Jersey, and has since collected over 220,000 pounds of food and $54,000 for area food pantries!

Related: Scotch Plains Collects Over a Ton of Non-Perishable Foods in Foodstock Challenge is Scotch Plains-Fanwood’s only free daily paper. Sign up for our daily eNews and follow us on Facebook and twitter @SPF_TAP. Download the free TAPinto App for iPhone or Android.