SUMMIT, NJ - Nine years, nearly 25 tons of turkeys and $88,000 later, the Annual Summit Thanksgiving Food Drive has proven over and over again that the spirit of giving to those less fortunate than themselves is in the hearts and on the minds of Hilltop City residents.
As the 10th Anniversary Drive gets set to take place November 19, organizers are once again calling on the Summit community to help those in need by donating frozen turkeys, cash, supermarket gift cards and bags of non-perishable groceries. They are also targeting a milestone by looking to reach the $100,000 mark in aggregate cash donations.
All items can be brought to the drop-off location outside the Summit Diner at the intersection of Union Place and Summit Avenue from 1 - 4 p.m. November 19. A truck from the Community FoodBank of NJ, will be stationed in front of the Diner to collect donations.
The annual event kicks-off -- or 'spins off' -- with the Turkey Ride, which departs at 10 a.m. from Hilltop Bicycles -- located at 314 Springfield Avenue -- and includes the 'Tour de Turducken', a circuit ride which sees the peloton stopping off at Kings Food Market in Summit where riders will pick up a turkey, gently toss it into their backpacks or baskets, and pedal back to the Diner drop-off location.
Summit’s Other Fellow First Foundation, which founded and organizes the Thanksgiving Food Drive, notes that -- in addition to the turkey tonnage and cash donations to date -- 14 tons of groceries have been donated. The Foundation also points out -- and is grateful for -- that Investors Bank has again jump-started this year’s effort with another generous underwriting gift.
Additional Drive sponsors include the American Legion Lindsey Street Post #322, Kings, and Hilltop Bicycle.
Brett Haire, Jordan Glatt, Jim Greberis and Dave Haire -- trustees of the Other Fellow First Foundation -- are reminding Summit residents of the community's long history of being exceptionally generous "when times are tough and the chips are down."
Summit Mayor Nora Radest is urging the city to dig deep again for all of New Jersey’s unfortunate families and donate food, cash and gift cards to the drive. “For those who can help their neighbors, this is the time your extra efforts will make a huge difference for New Jersey families who are truly desperate.”
Check and credit card donations can be made by visiting summitdiner.org.
The Summit Diner is located at 1 Union Place.