SUMMIT, NJ - The Summit Police Department will hold its Third Annual “Summit CommUNITY Cares” Food and Household Goods Collection Drive May 22 - June 12, an initiative which sees the Hilltop City's law enforcement agency and the Summit Policeman's Benevolent Association (PBA) #55 partner with Family Promise of Union County and the Junior League of Summit to collect food items to assist local families with food shortages during the summer months.

Food insecurity is all-too-prevalent in the United States. On average, one in seven people struggle to make ends meet in Union County.

The Summit Police Department is continuing their efforts to help overcome this struggle by partnering with the Summit Public Schools and local businesses that are directly linked to the families who are facing these challenges. Family Promise’s food pantry / kitchen will be the recipient of a portion of the items raised to better assist those that have recently fallen onto difficult times, or are getting themselves back on their feet. Items will also be donated to the Junior League's 'GRACE's Refrigerator' program. GRACE, which stands for Giving and Receiving Assistance for Our Community’s Essentials, provides groceries to an average of forty-seven Summit families a week.

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In 2016, the 'CommUNITY Cares' effort generated 750 pounds of food to worthy organizations. This year, the goal is set at 1,000 pounds of food to be collected, with collection bins located at Summit City Hall, The Connection, the Summit Area YMCA, MONDO, the Junior League of Summit Thrift Shop, all seven elementary and primary center schools and Summit High School.

Items being sought include:

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


Collection Bin Locations

The Connection - 79 Maple Street
The Summit Area YMCA - 67 Maple Street
The Junior League of Summit Thrift Shop - 37 DeForest Avenue
MONDO - 426 Springfield Avenue
City Hall - 512 Springfield Avenue

For further information, contact Nikki Griffiths of the Summit Police Department at 908-277-9472 or via. ngriffiths@spdnj.org.