SUMMIT, NJ - A goal to "check out hunger" this holiday season is at the heart of a food drive sponsored by the Libraries of Union County Consortium (LUCC).

From November 30 - December 18, the Summit Free Public Library and other Union County Libraries will be accepting donations of non-perishable food items to benefit the Community FoodBank of New Jersey and other local food pantries.

Collection bins will be conveniently located at the public libraries. and library staff will then route 100% of the donations to designated food banks.

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Many New Jersey residents face economic struggles, including low-income families, single parents, the elderly on a fixed income, and the unemployed.
 
The Community FoodBank of New Jersey assists by supplying food to more than 1,500 non-profit charities in 19 counties, including soup kitchens, food pantries, shelters, local food banks, after school programs and senior centers.
 
To assist in making this holiday season hunger free, residents are asked to visit the library with a donation of non-perishable food items. Grocery staples most urgently needed are canned meat and fish, canned soups and stew, peanut butter (in plastic jars), boxed pasta and rice, powdered milk, infant formula, and canned vegetables / fruits.
 
In addition to the Summit Free Public Library, which is located at 75 Maple Street, participating libraries include:
 
Berkeley Heights Public Library, Cranford Public Library, Elizabeth Public Library,  Fanwood Memorial Library, Garwood Free Public Library, Hillside Public Library, Kenilworth Public Library, Linden Public Library, Mountainside Public Library, New Providence Memorial Library, Plainfield Public Library, Rahway Public Library, Roselle Public Library, Scotch Plains Public Library, Springfield Public Library, Union Free Public Library, Westfield Memorial Library.
 
For more information, contact the Summit Free Public Library at 908- 273-0350 or visit luccnj.org.