SUMMIT, NJ - Having already contributed more than 30 tons of frozen turkeys, 17 tons of groceries and nearly $100,000 in cash to neighbors in need, the Annual Summit Thanksgiving Food Drive is preparing for the 12th rendition of what has become a benevolent kick-off to the Hilltop City holiday season.

The event's founders and organizers, Summit's Other Fellow First Foundation, invites residents to bring frozen turkeys, non-perishable groceries, supermarket gift cards and cash down to the Summit Diner on November 24, from 1 - 4 p.m., where a staging area will collect donations, all of which benefit the Community FoodBank of New Jersey.

While many in Summit have much to be thankful for this year, many other in New Jersey towns are not so lucky. For many years, Summit’s little Other Fellow First Foundation has asked the citizens of Summit to help New Jersey families in distress around Thanksgiving. Each year, the 'little city on the hill' has turned out in force to share its generosity with the less fortunate.

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The Other Fellow First Foundation exists to assist New Jersey families in distress. Summit’s Volunteer First Aid Squad and the American Legion are also very familiar with people in distress and, since they have similar objectives, have been long-term partners with the small foundation.

The American Legion’s Bill Rapp and the First Aid Squad's Bob Flanagan were asked why they participate every year.

"One of the pillars of our American Legion Post is to give back to the Community," said Rapp. We all sincerely believe in this effort to help those less fortunate.” Flanagan added, "I can think of no better way to give thanks for what I have than trying to help those who may not have enough.  As well, I enjoy the sense of community that is on vivid display each year." 

The small foundation’s Chairman and co-founder, Brett Haire, reminds all that Summit has a long history of being exceptionally generous when times are tough and the chips are down. Mayor Nora Radest is urging Hilltoppers to once again dig deep for all of New Jersey’s unfortunate families and donate food, cash and gift cards to the drive.

“For those who can help their neighbors, this is the time your extra efforts will make a huge difference to New Jersey families who are truly desperate,” said Radest.