SPRINGFIELD, NJ — In an effort to help Springfield residents in an economic bind as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, township residents and officials are partnering with the organization Meet The Need, to host a drive-thru food pantry later this month.

The food pantry will take place on June 27, from 10:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. at Jonathan Dayton High School. According to one of the co-organizers, Fred Scott, the idea for the pantry came together several months ago after a conversation with a high school friend.

"It was towards the end of April when my Union High Classmate Brad Leak and myself were on a phone call discussing the loss of a mutual friend, Scoot Marshall who had just passed from what we believed to be COVID-19," Scott said. "Brad is a board member of the Concerned Citizens of Vauxhall and the Vauxhall community [which] had been severally impacted."

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Scott said that as a result of wanting to help the community, the group reached out to Yvette and Reggie Anderson at the Meet the Need Organization along with Michael Boll of the NJ Veterans network. The group initially had a goal of feeding 200 families at an event in Union that was happening less than a month after the original conversation.

"The more we talked and got feedback from the community we quickly realized the need was far larger than 200 families," Scott said. "We cranked up our efforts and thankfully were able to feed over 550 families that day. We had over 200 families show up before the event even started so the need is there."

Following the event in Union, Scott said that he was impressed with the way the community came together, and knew that Springfield had that same type of community spirit and passion to help, which would make the event a success.

"I spoke with Mayor [Chris] Capodice, Deputy Mayor [Chris] Weber and Councilwoman [Erica] Dubois, and they were excited and willing to host the next event in Springfield," Scott said.

Following their conversation, the groundwork was laid for the upcoming pantry in Springfield.

In order to help donate to the upcoming food drive, residents can contribute by cashapp at $MTNORGINC. The group also accepts Venmo @MEETTHENEED and PayPal via the email mtnorganizationis@gmail.com

For more information about the upcoming food pantry event, contact AndersonsMeetTheNeed.org