WESTFIELD, NJ — Looking for a way to give back safely during the coronavirus pandemic? The Westfield Area YMCA is once again serving as a drop off site for the Westfield Food Pantry.

Items especially needed are canned soup, canned meals, canned vegetables, peanut butter, jelly and personal care products including toothpaste, deodorant, shampoo, soap and travel-size toiletries, according to the YMCA.

Donations can be left in the bins set in the front vestibule at the Westfield Area YMCA’s main building at 220 Clark St. on Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Each time the bins are full, Westfield Police will pick up the items and bring them to the food pantry to be packaged, then police will bring them to people in need in Union County, said Bonnie Cohen, communications/development director at the YMCA.

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“The Westfield Area YMCA was already a drop-off site for the food pantry, and even though our doors are temporarily shut, we know the need does not go away,” Cohen said. “The mission of the Y is to serve the needs of the community. Even in these difficult times, we are thrilled to be able to continue our partnership with the Westfield Food Pantry and thank the Westfield Police for helping make this happen.”


Learn more about the Westfield Area YMCA at WestfieldYNJ.org.

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