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South Brunswick: Family’s Lemonade Stand Aids Low Food Pantry (UPDATED FRIDAY)

The Kydonieus family of Kendall Park. Father Michael, Mother Randi, and children Jack and Sophia tour the food pantry Thursday after bringing in more than $150 in groceries raised through a lemonade stand. Credits: South Brunswick Food Pantry
The South Brunswick Mom's Club donated 12 backpacks filled with school supplies. Credits: South Brunswick Food Pantry

SOUTH BRUNSWICK, NJ – A local family used a lemonade stand to help out the township’s food pantry, according to officials.

Township Social Services Director Lou Anne Wolf said Thursday that the Kydonieus family of Kendall Park brought a donation of more than $150 raised through sales at a lemonade stand to help the food pantry restock its bare shelves.

According to a post on the department’s Facebook page, children Jack and Sofia took the money they earned selling lemonade and went shopping with their parents, Michael and Randi, for groceries to replenish the shelves.

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“It is wonderful to see children get involved and help those less fortunate,” Wolf said in the post. “It was a pleasure to meet this great family and give them a tour of the Food Pantry today.”

Randi said the kids asked if they could have a lemonade stand.
"We started talking about what it would be like," Randi said. "We talked about selling lemonade as well as cookies and brownies. The kids decided they wanted to donate the money to people in need."
 "We wanted to help people," Sofia said. "It was for people who don't have food, to have food."

Randi said the kids were involved every step of the way. From baking treats to making a sign for the stand and helping to serve the customers, they saw it through from start to finish.
The family then took the money raised and went shopping together and dropped everything off at the food pantry.
 "I thought the experience was very fun," Jack said. "I liked the baking and making the lemonade. Now, I really want to do it again because it was for helping people."
Friends, family members, and strangers came out to support the cause, Randi said, and the people were very generous, and it was quite touching to be a part of.
"I am beyond proud of my children. Not once did they ask to use the money for themselves," Randi said. "They really put their hearts into this and gave to others, so selflessly. What more can a mother ask for?"

In a telephone interview in the afternoon, Wolf said the pantry is still critically low on several items including canned soups, canned vegetables, canned meats, canned fruits, macaroni and cheese, oatmeal, boxed rice, boxed potatoes and healthy snacks.

According to the township’s website, the Department of Social Services helps needy families through the food pantry and also through a Crisis Intervention program that can help with other items like rent and heat.

In addition to the Kydonieus family, the South Brunswick Mom’s Club also donated 12 backpacks full of school supplies to the department, according to Wolf.

“These Moms are setting a great example for their children by having them help fill the back packs and bringing them along to drop them off,” Wolf said in a separate post on Facebook.

Donations can be made at the Municipal Building and Senior Center in the municipal complex on Route 522 from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Donations can also be dropped off at the South Brunswick Public Library.

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