VERONA, NJ — The Junior Woman’s Club of Verona will kick-off this year’s Verona Fights Hunger Week on Sunday, Oct. 11. The townwide food drive will run through Saturday, Oct. 17.. 

Verona Fights Hunger Week is a townwide supersized food drive that brings together local businesses, civic groups, charities, religious organizations and schools in the fight against hunger in the community. The economic impact of COVID-19, has increased the need at the local food pantries. 

This year marks the seventh anniversary of the event, in which the town participates in raising donations of food and money that benefit the food pantry at Church of the Holy Spirit and the Human Needs Food Pantry. Since 2013, the Juniors have collected over 8,000 bags of food and nearly $17,000 in monetary donations for local food pantries. 

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Anyone can make a contactless donation of needed items via the Amazon Wish list at https://bit.ly/VeronaHunger, make a monetary donation at bit.ly/VFHWDonate, or fill up a bag of food and bring it to a collection bin in town.

A collection bin will be located inside the Verona Library from Oct. 11-16 and bins will be located outside the Community Center and Town Hall on Friday, Oct. 16 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Outdoor collection bins will also be available at all Verona Public Schools for registered students on Friday, Oct. 16, 8 a.m.-3 p.m.

Kings Supermarket, a sponsor of the program, will host shop and drops at their Verona location beginning Sunday, Oct. 11 and ending Friday, Oct. 16. Walgreens will also host a shop and drop on Sunday, Oct. 11, Tuesday, Oct. 13 and Friday, Oct. 16.

The week concludes on Saturday, Oct. 17 at 9 a.m. at Town Hall when volunteers fill an entire moving truck donated by Casella and Sons with the bags of food collected during the week.  Casella and Sons has been a longstanding partner and supporter of Verona Fights Hunger Week, donating a large truck each year to transport the hundreds of bags of food.

For more information about Verona Fights Hunger Week, or to volunteer to help with this effort, visit http://www.veronajuniors.org or email veronafightshunger@veronajuniors.org.