SUMMIT, NJ - As they have done for the previous nine years of the event, the cars kept coming. Each one opening its trunk, the side doors or rolling down a window to deliver a frozen turkey, groceries, gift card, checks and cash so that those who are struggling can enjoy some of the blessings of the season.
The Summit Thanksgiving Food Drive, a tradition of generosity now 10 years old, collected two-and-a-half tons of turkeys, two tons of groceries and nearly $2,000 in cash, bring the aggregate amounts donated over the past decade to:
- 27 tons of turkeys
- 16 tons of groceries
- $90,000 in cash
All donations, including monetary gifts, benefit the Community FoodBank of New Jersey (CFBNJ).
Members of the Summit Volunteer First Aid Squad assisted those donating in placing their foodstuffs in appropriate bins, which quickly filled up as the afternoon progressed.
The event got off to a rolling start at 10 a.m., with the fourth annual "Turkey Ride" -- the 'Tour de Turducken' -- with the peloton braving windy weather as they set off from Hilltop Bicycles to complete a circuit ride around Summit, a journey that saw riders stop at Kings Food Market to purchase frozen turkeys and then cruise back into downtown to drop them off.
The brainchild of the Other Fellow First Foundation and its Chairman, Brett Haire, the Thanksgiving Food Drive encourages Hilltop City residents to help New Jersey families in distress around Thanksgiving and, each year, the Summit community has responded by turning out in force to share their generosity with those in need,
in addition to thanking Summit Mayor Nora Radest, the Summit Volunteer First Aid Squad, Investors Bank, Kings Food Market, Brave Asset Management and The American Legion Lindsey Street Post #322, Haire said that -- while the event again proved successful -- the need is ongoing, and monetary donations are always welcome and accepted. To learn more about the Other Fellow First Foundation, or to make an online donation, visit summitdiner.org.
Donations are also accepted in person at the Summit Diner -- located at 1 Union Place -- or by check, made payable to Other Fellow First Foundation and mailed to:
47 Summit Avenue