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
“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,”
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.
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
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.