SPRINGFIELD, NJ - The Libraries of Union County Consortium (LUCC) are sponsoring a Food Drive to help “check out” hunger this holiday season. 

The Food Drive is underway and continues through December 18 at the Summit Free Public Library and local public libraries in Union County. The libraries will be accepting donations of non-perishable food items to benefit the New Jersey Community FoodBank 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.

Even though experts say the economy is in recovery, many people in New Jersey have been left behind; low income families; struggling single parents; the elderly on a fixed income; the unemployed. The New Jersey Community Food Bank assists by supplying food to over 1,500 non-profit charities in 19 counties, including soup kitchens, food pantries, shelters, local food banks, after school programs and senior centers.

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To make this holiday season hunger free, simply visit your local library with a donation of non-perishable items. Groceries most urgently needed are canned meat and fish; canned soups and stews; peanut butter (in plastic jars); boxed pasta and rice; powdered milk; infant formula; canned vegetables and fruits.

In addition to the Summit Library, participating libraries include: 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, Plainfield Public Library, Rahway Public Library, Roselle Free Public Library, Roselle Park Veterans Memorial Library, Scotch Plains Public Library, Springfield Public Library, Union Free Public Library, and the Westfield Memorial Library.

For more information, visit luccnj.org.