ELIZABETH, NJ - The Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders -- in conjunction with Foodstock NJ and the Community FoodBank of NJ -- are requesting that residents donate non-perishable food items at the upcoming Summer Arts Concert Series event at Echo Lake Park.

All donated items will assist those area families in need who are dealing with food insecurity in their households.

Summer is a particularly difficult time of year for the nation’s food banks. Families with children who had been receiving free or reduced cost breakfast and/or lunch at school must find ways to replace those meals during summer break.

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In addition, Union County residents may drop off donations of non-perishable food items at any of the following locations from July 8 - 19 during normal business hours:

Administration Building Lobby

10 Elizabethtown Plaza - Elizabeth

Public Safety Building Lobby

400 North Avenue East - Westfield

Engineering Building Lobby

2325 South Avenue - Scotch Plains

For more information contact Nathalie Hernandez, coordinator, Office of Community Engagement and Diversity at nahernandez@ucnj.org or call 908-527-4880.

The Summer Arts Concert Series event on July 10 will feature Radio Petty (The Best of Tom Perry) at Echo Lake Park in Mountainside. Attendees are encouraged to bring a blanket or towel for UC Fit Yoga at 6:30 p.m.. The concert will begin promptly at 7:30 p.m.

For more details on the Summer Arts series and more summer activities in Union County Parks visit ucnj.org/calendar or call the Parks Department at 908-527-4900.