STIRLING, NJ - What started off as friendly competition between the classrooms at The Goddard School of Long Hill turned into a much-needed donation of food for SAGE Eldercare's Portable Pantry, 

Sumara and Imran Ahmad, owners of The Goddard School of Long Hill, had each of the classrooms collect food. At the end of the food drive, the toddlers were victorious of the bragging rights of collecting the most items. All together, The Goddard families donated over 600 items of food.

"SAGE Eldercare’s Portable Pantry supports and expands the agency’s Meals on Wheels program by maintaining an emergency supply of shelf stable food," said Amy Stuart, Volunteer Coordinator for SAGE.  "The Pantry supplies and distributes meal boxes/bags to homebound older adults  who are at risk of hunger and poor nutrition. It also supports and works with other local organizations who work with the food insecure population, including Loaves and Fishes, GRACE and Bridges Outreach."

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A group of 8th grade confirmation candidates from The Church of the Little Flower (Berkeley Heights) loaded and transported the truck full of food to SAGE Eldercare in Summit.

"SAGE Eldercare is always grateful when the community helps keep our 'Portable Pantry' stocked by donating low-sodium soups, crackers, low-sugar fruit cups, juice boxes, peanut butter, canned tuna fish, and nutrition bars," said Stuart.

SAGE Eldercare continues to provide meals and grocery shopping services to the elder population, even during these times of social separation in response to the spread of Coronavirus. Many of these seniors are feeling more isolated than ever and afraid. SAGE asks you to please do what you can to check in on the older adults in your life. A simple phone call can go a long way.

Visit The Goddard School of Long Hill website to learn more about the school and daycare facility.

Visit SAGE Eldercare website to learn more about their services.