SUMMIT, NJ - The Summit Police Department is set to begin its 5th Annual CommUNITY Cares food and household goods collection drive, with all collected items benefiting families, assisted through Family Promise, and Summit residents through the Junior League of Summit.

The Drive is held in May / June to provide much-needed items for food insecure families during the summer months. With schools letting out in one month, many of the children who are dependent on the meals they receive through the schools during the school year will go hungry.

Beginning May 20 through June 10, items can be dropped off in collection bins at the following locations:

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  • City Hall
  • The Connection
  • Summit YMCA
  • Junior League of Summit Thrift Shop
  • The UPS Store in Summit
  • All Summit Primary and Elementary Schools
  • Lawton C. Johnson Summit Middle School
  • Summit High School

Items eligible for donation include:

  • Applesauce
  • Ketchup
  • Peanut Butter
  • Canned Fruits
  • Mustard
  • Jelly
  • Soups
  • Mayonnaise
  • Hamburger Helper
  • Canned Tomatoes
  • Sugar
  • Macaroni & Cheese
  • Canned Chickpeas
  • Canned Corn
  • Pasta
  • (Hot/Cold) Cereal
  • Flour
  • Spaghetti Sauce
  • Low Sugar Juice
  • Salt / Pepper
  • Laundry Detergent
  • Coffee / Tea
  • Spices
  • Paper Towels
  • Evaporated Milk
  • Raisins
  • Toilet Paper
  • Crackers
  • Nuts
  • Zip Lock Bags
  • Granola Bars
  • Tuna Fish
  • Toothpaste / Brushes
  • Rice
  • Beans
  • Toiletries

Since its inception, the Drive has collected and donated almost 4,000 pounds of food to the organizations involved. For more information, contact Nikki Griffiths at or call 908-277-9472