Help check out hunger this holiday season with donations to a Food Drive being sponsored by the Libraries of Union County Consortium (LUCC).

Until this Sunday, Dec. 16, the Westfield Memorial Library will be accepting donations of non-perishable food items to benefit the New Jersey Community Food Bank and other local food pantries. The collection box is located in the library’s vestibule. All the donations are personally delivered by library staff to designated food banks.

Even though experts say our economy is strong, many people in New Jersey have been left behind: low-income families, struggling single parents, the elderly on a fixed income and the unemployed.

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The New Jersey Community Food Bank assists by supplying food to over 1,500 non-profit charities in 19 counties, including soup kitchens, food pantries, shelters, local food banks, after school programs and senior centers.

Local food pantries such as SHIP in Summit serve food to the homeless and low-income individuals on a daily basis. These donations will help to fill shopping carts and bellies.

Simply visit the library with a donation of non-perishable items. Groceries most urgently needed are canned meat and fish, canned soups and stews, peanut butter (in plastic jars), boxed pasta and rice, powdered milk, infant formula, canned vegetables and fruits.