SPARTA, NJ – The Sparta Police Department is joining with the Sussex County law enforcement for their annual Cram the Cruiser Fall Food Drive.  The initiative teams the county police departments, New Jersey State Police and Sheriff’s office with the Sussex County Social Services to provide donations to the food pantry, “to help feed our neighbors.”

Donations of much needed turkeys, hams or frozen lasagna and non-perishable foods will be accepted in the lobby of the Sparta Police Department during regular working hours from Monday through Friday, noon to 10 p.m.  or at the Mohawk House, any time before Thanksgiving.

Chief Neil Spidaletto said if they have an overflow of food, including the turkeys, hams and lasagnas they will bring them to Steve Scro's freezers at the Mohawk House or directly to the Newton food bank. 

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Food pantry volunteers and officers will be collecting food donations at the Shop Rite stores in Sparta, Byram, Franklin and Newton on Saturday, November 23 from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Sunday, November 24 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and the Sparta Stop and Shop on Sunday, November 24 from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m.

Requested donations:

  • Turkeys, hams – fresh or frozen,
  • Peanut butter and jelly,
  • Meals in a can – Beefaroni, Beef Stew, Chili, Spaghettos
  • Tuna or protein in a can
  • Cereal,
  • Mac and cheese,
  • Spaghetti and tomato sauce,
  • Hearty soups,
  • Canned vegetables,
  • Canned fruit,
  • Instant potatoes/rice,
  • Pancake mix,
  • Gravy/stuffing,
  • Kid friendly snacks – granola bars, fruit snacks
  • Baby food,
  • Any non-perishable food that you would feed your family,
  • Personal Hygiene products – shampoo, toothpaste, soap
  • Pet food