Giving Back

Westfield Food Pantry at Holy Trinity Fully Replenished One Month After Hurricane Sandy

a9bae807766dfe36f132_img_4990__1024x768_.jpg
Holy Trinity Interparochial School at 336 First Street, where the Westfield Food Pantry at Holy Trinity is located.  Credits: Francesca Figalo
80aad59155077b5ece25_img_4992__1024x768_.jpg
Credits: Francesca Figalo
7cd9375c4d4b129e875c_img_4993__1024x768_.jpg
Holy Trinity Interparochial School Credits: Francesca Figalo
a9bae807766dfe36f132_img_4990__1024x768_.jpg

WESTFIELD, NJ—The Westfield Food Pantry at Holy Trinity is now replenished, a month after volunteers threw away bags of perishable food post Hurricane Sandy. Bill Crandall, a volunteer at the food pantry, said that the power was out for at least a week.

“It was a good seven days that the refrigerator and the freezer weren’t working,” Crandall said. “We threw away about five full garbage bags, including 70 dozen eggs and corned beef.”

Members of the Westfield Community helped to replenish the pantry by contributing with individual donations.

Sign Up for E-News

The food pantry also received its annual large delivery from the NJ Community FoodBank in Hillside on Nov. 28, which helped the pantry to reach its full replenishment.

“We are back to normal now,” Crandall said. “It took a while.”

The Westfield Food Pantry at Holy Trinity, located at the Holy Trinity Interparochial School on First Street, has existed for about 35 years. The pantry serves both perishable and non-perishable food to all of Union County.

Crandall, who has been volunteering at the food pantry for approximately 12 years, said that the pantry has increased in size.

“We have expanded a little bit,” Crandall said. “We always had two rooms; now we have a third room because we really need it. We have gotten bigger.”

The pantry operates from Monday through Friday, working strictly through social services agencies. Volunteers receive phone calls from these agencies between 9:30 a.m. and 11:30 a.m.

“That doesn’t mean that the food pantry is open,” Crandall said. “That’s when the phone calls are made because some people take the phone calls right there at the food pantry and other people would take the calls at home. Then, the volunteer will make appointments after 11:00 o’clock to come over and give out the food.”

The majority of the food arrives from the NJ Community FoodBank in Hillside, which distributes both federal government and state government food. There are days when volunteers will pick up the food themselves and other days when the Food Bank will deliver it.

“They of course charge us for the delivery,” Crandall added.  

Food is also collected from donations and from three yearly drives. One of these drives is organized in May by the Westfield Post Office, one in November by the Boy Scouts and the other one during the Jewish holiday of Yom Kippur by Temple Emanu-El.

Anyone can help the Westfield Food Pantry at Holy Trinity by donating and by volunteering. For more information contact Bill Crandall at 908-233-5446.

TAP Into Another Town's News:

Sign Up for E-News

Westfield

NJ Flags to Fly at Half-Staff for Jerry Green May 7

April 24, 2018

TRENTON, NJ — Governor Phil Murphy issued an executive order on Monday for New Jersey flags to be flown at half-staff at all state buildings and facilities on the day of the upcoming General Assembly session, scheduled for May 7, in memory of Assemblyman Jerry Green, former chair of the Union County Democratic Committee, who died last week.

On Thursday, Governor Murphy had said, ...

Thank you, Mayor Brindle and Six Members of Town Council, for Approving 2018 Budget

April 25, 2018

Thank you, Mayor Brindle, and the six members of council, who voted to approve the 2018 budget last night and to Mr. Gildea, Councilwoman Habgood and the finance committee members who worked tirelessly to prepare it. Thank you for the lowest tax increase I can recall while producing a budget that provides for smart investment in our town. 

For most of my residency here, the same ...

Upcoming Events

Carousel_image_26bff2b330d314777eae_library

Thu, April 26, 10:00 AM

Westfield Memorial Library, Westfield

Westfield Memorial Library Spring Book Sale

Arts & Entertainment

Carousel_image_26bff2b330d314777eae_library

Fri, April 27, 10:00 AM

Westfield Memorial Library, Westfield

Westfield Memorial Library Spring Book Sale

Arts & Entertainment

Westfield Police Blotter: Two Reported Shopliftings & More

April 25, 2018

April 19, 2018 9:36 a.m.

Officer McCarthy arrested Paul S. Lee, age 36, of Ridgewood, NJ, at Westfield Police Department headquarters on the strength of an outstanding Westfield warrant in the amount of $89. Subject was processed and released after posting bail.

 

April 19, 2018 12:01 p.m.

A resident of Central Avenue reported being the victim of identity theft. Unknown actor(s) ...

Reduce Your Risk for Colorectal Cancer

April 25, 2018

Morristown Medical Center’s Carol G. Simon Cancer Center presents “Protecting Your Colorectal Health” on Tuesday, May 1 from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Morristown Medical Center Health Pavilion, 333 Mount Hope Avenue in Rockaway. Admission is free.

This popular, educational program presents an opportunity to hear up-to-date presentations from leading ...

Ways to Increase Your Home's Equity

Sometimes you forget and don’t realize your home provides so much to your life. It brings along with it your dreams of the future, shelter to you and your family, a way to provide a better lifestyle, a better commute, a neighborhood, schools, community involvement and recreational facilities. But it also provides a way to save for the future. It does this by allowing you to build your ...

Westfield Public Schools Welcomes Community to Auditorium Open Houses

Two years ago, voters in Westfield approved a bond referendum to renovate the aging auditoriums in Edison and Roosevelt Intermediate Schools. Major aspects of the renovations include new seating and flooring, electrical and lighting upgrades, state-of-the-art sound systems, acoustical treatments and air conditioning.

On April 11 and 12, students, staff, families and other members of the ...

'The Sting' shimmers and shakes at Paper Mill

‘The Sting ‘slithers and shakes at Paper Mill Playhouse

By LIZ KEILL

MILLBURN, NJ – In a premiere production of “The Sting,” Harry Connick Jr. commands the Paper Mill Playhouse stage in Millburn.

Based on the sensational Paul Newman/Robert Redford film in 1973, the 1930s plot centers on a con game and gambling, sometimes on a train between New York and ...

Why We Keep Kosher

Why We Keep Kosher

This week's parshah, Shemini, introduces the Torah's dietary laws. Animals must chew their cud and have split hooves to be kosher, fish need fins and scales, and a list of forbidden fowl is enumerated.

To those of us in Jewish education, it is a continuing source of disappointment that so many Jews still believe the kosher laws to be outdated.

Hellenic Therapy Center

April 13, 2018

Dropping Off Our Kids At College – Learning How To Adjust

Hellenic Therapy Center

 

Whether your kid is a freshman entering college for the first time or returning back to college, there are so many emotions we experience as parents.  There are differences in a parent’s reaction to the departure of a first child, an only child or even the last child.  Feelings ...

Obituaries

Oct 21, 1944 - Apr 14, 2018
Kathleen A. Hertell passed away peacefully with family at her bedside on April 14, 2018. Loving ...
Read more

‘A Sad Day for Paterson’ as Police Officer Loses Life in Car Crash

April 23, 2018

PATERSON, NJ — On what Paterson Superior Officers Association President Mason Maher called “a sad day for Paterson,” a city police officer lost his life on Sunday after he was involved in a motor vehicle collision while on duty.

Several sources familiar with Sunday’s tragic accident have identified the fallen officer as Tamby Yagan, a 13-year veteran of the ...