SUMMIT, NJ - Just days before giving thanks themselves, the Hilltop City's residents opened their hearts in a big way, enabling the Summit Annual Frozen Turkey Drive to collect increased volumes of donated food and monies, surpassing 2013 totals by more than 20 percent, All donations benefit the Community Food Bank of New Jersey (CFBNJ).
According to the Other Fellow First Foundation, organizers of the event, more than two and one-half tons -- 5,000-plus pounds -- of frozen turkeys were donated, along with two and one-half tons of groceries, and an estimated $5,000 in cash. The Summit Diner, which served as the collection point for the drive, was a hub of activity from morning to late afternoon.
The event began at 9:30 a.m., with the event's first-ever Turkey Ride. Sam Cooper and Tom Dunn, co-owners of Hilltop Bicycles, hosted a group of approximately 40 riders -- including several members of the Summit Volunteer First Aid Squad -- who left the store on Springfield Avenue for a 12-mile ride that was traditional albeit for one aspect - stopping at Kings Food Market in Summit, purchasing a frozen turkey, and riding with the bird to the diner's collection bins.
At Kings, store manager Ken Rizzie and his staff put frozen turkeys in shopping carts near the cash registers, discounted the turkeys 10% for all riders, and put out collection cans all day to accept donations.
Momentum Cycling and Fitness also hosted an indoor version of the Turkey Ride, hosting a spin class that was free to anyone making a donation to the CFBNJ..
Spearheaded by Other Fellow First Chairman Brett Haire, this was the Seventh Annual Thanksgiving Food Drive in Summit. Summit’s Other Fellow First Foundation each year asks the City of Summit to help New Jersey families in distress around Thanksgiving and, each year, residents have turned out in force to share their generosity with the less fortunate, contributing more than nearly 20 tons of turkeys, more than12 tons of groceries, and $84,000 in cash.