WESTFIELD, NJ — In Union County, there are an estimated 22,000 children who are in need of more food on a daily basis, and one in five children statewide in New Jersey are dealing with hunger, according to the Community FoodBank of New Jersey. School breaks and summer vacations are especially challenging times to feed families in need.

To help local families during the upcoming spring break, Two River Community Bank's branch at 520 South Ave. West in Westfield is holding a food drive to benefit the Westfield Food Pantry. The bank is teaming up with the Westfield United Fund to bolster the pantry’s supplies.

“Following an outpouring of generosity in donations over the holiday season, our local food pantries tend to experience a gap in donations that can cause their shelves to become bare this time of year,” said Two River Community Bank President and CEO William D. Moss.

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Westfield schools close for a week of spring break beginning on April 11. 

“With spring break approaching in Westfield, we are encouraging a push for donations so that local students and families in need will have access to food during a week with no school meals,” said Moss.

The bank has adopted the slogan “Give Our Kids a Break this Spring.”

“With the help of our partner charities, including Westfield Food Pantry, and with the generosity of donors, the Community FoodBank of New Jersey is leading the fight against hunger in the state,” said Julia Kathan, director of public relations and communications for the Community FoodBank of New Jersey. “We applaud this food drive to help bridge the gap for children during spring break.”

Donations of non-perishable food items can be dropped off at the Westfield branch through April 8.