SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ -- Summer time is the toughest time for many people to put food on their table to feed themselves and their families.

The Township Scotch Plains is collecting food to donate to food banks here in our own community. Overflow collections will be donated to The Community Foodbank of New Jersey in Hillside. In fact, Scotch Plains and Berkeley Heights are involved in a challenge to see which town can collect the most food to Foodstock, a grassroots organization formed to assist with the needs of our less fortunate neighbors.

Foodstock began in 2010 in central New Jersey, and has since collected over 220,000 pounds of food and $54,000 for area food pantries. Foodstock’s goal is to collect 500,000 pounds of food this year. Here’s how you can donate:

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  • Drop off bags of food to the Scotch Plains Municipal Building (430 Park Ave.) from now through July 12th. The bin is located at Police Dispatch.
  • The Scotch Plains Farmers' Market will have bins on the green lawn area in the front of the Market for donations of  "non-perishable" food on Saturday, July 6, and July 13. (Hours 8:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.)
  • Collect at your houses of worship and community organizations. The Township will arrange food pickups on Wednesday, July 10.

Please fill the bags with non-perishable food only. Here is a list of acceptable items.

"ShopRite’s “Can Can Sale” is going on July 7-12, so you can stock up just in time to donate," said Margaret Heisey, Scotch Plains Deputy Township Manager. "To help encourage the collection of more food, Scotch Plains has challenged our friendly neighbors of Berkeley Heights to an all-out, food bag, weigh-in." 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.