The Westfield Memorial Library would like to help check out hunger this holiday season with donations to a food drive being sponsored by the Libraries of Union County Consortium (LUCC). The library is located at 550 East Broad St.

From Monday, Nov. 25 to Sunday, Dec. 15, 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. Collection bins will be conveniently located in the vestibule of the library. Library staff will then route 100% of the donations to designated food banks.

Even though experts say the economy is strong, many people in New Jersey have been left behind: low income families, struggling single parents, the elderly on a fixed income, the unemployed. The New Jersey Community Food Bank supplies 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.

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To make this holiday season hunger free, 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.

For more information, contact the library at 908-789-4090 or visit the Union County Public Libraries website at www.luccnj.org.

Founded in 1879, the Westfield Memorial Library—the community’s destination for discovery and ideas—engages minds, entertains spirits and facilitates lifelong learning for people of all ages. Hours are 9:30 a.m. to 9:00 p.m., Monday through Thursday; and 9:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Friday and Saturday. The library will close at 5:00 p.m. on Wednesday, November 27 and be closed on Thursday, Nov. 28 for Thanksgiving.

For more information about the library, visit the library’s website at www.wmlnj.org, and sign up for the monthly e-newsletter “Library Loop,” or stop by the library for a copy of the award-winning quarterly newsletter “Take Note.”