ACUA News

December 14, 2015

ACUA Reminds Residents of Buena, Buena Vista, Corbin City, Egg Harbor Twp., Northfield and Pleasantville to Set Out Food Donations This Week

As the 25th annual food drive collection enters the second and final week, ACUA is reminding residents of Buena, Buena Vista, Corbin City, Egg Harbor Township, Northfield and Pleasantville that their opportunity to set food out is this week.

“The response so far has been fantastic and we are really hoping to keep the momentum up through the end of this week,” said ACUA President Rick Dovey. “Our recycling crews have collected approximately 16,648 pounds of donations from residents. The number of people needing assistance this holiday season is truly staggering. If each household does their small part by donating some of the most needed items, we can help the Community Food Bank make a big dent in meeting the needs of those less fortunate,” Dovey added.

“I can’t emphasize how much we depend on this food drive,” said Evelyn Benton, executive director of the Community FoodBank of New Jersey, Southern Branch. “In our 30 year history, we have never been as busy as we are now. I’d like to personally thank the residents of Atlantic County for always coming through for us with donations. Once again, you have not let us down,” Benton added.

Residents of Buena Borough, Buena Vista Twp., Corbin City, Egg Harbor Twp., Northfield and Pleasantville are encouraged to set out their donations this week on their recycling collection day. ACUA will collect donations, along, with recyclables.

Sponsored by ACUA, the Holiday Food Drive gives residents an easy and convenient way to help the needy while helping the environment. All canned goods collected through the Holiday Food Drive will be distributed through the Community FoodBank of New Jersey, Southern Branch, which provides the donated food to more than 250 partner charities for distribution to those less fortunate throughout Atlantic, Cape May and Cumberland counties. These charities include emergency food pantries, homeless shelters, soup kitchens, and other charitable feeding programs. Last year, the FoodBank distributed more than 44 million pounds of food and grocery items statewide, locally a record 8.6 million pounds.

Last year, residents answered the food bank’s call for assistance and donated 24,300 pounds of non-perishable food items. “We are still hoping to meet or exceed what was collected last year,” said Dovey.

Atlantic County residents not serviced through the ACUA curbside recycling program can participate by bringing their donations to the ACUA at 6700 Delilah Rd., or to the Community Food Bank of New Jersey at 6735 Horse Pike, Egg Harbor Township. Residents can visit www.acua.com for a complete list of locations.

Items most needed are non-perishable foods, such as canned meats, canned soups, canned vegetables, canned stew and canned fruit. Diapers and baby formula are also needed. Please do not include perishable or frozen items, or food in glass jars.

To learn more about how you can help, contact the Community Food Bank of NJ, Southern Branch, at (609) 383-8843 or visit www.cfbnj.org/southernbranch. For information about the ACUA’s Food Drive, call (609) 272-6950 or visit www.acua.com.



 
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