“As a community we respond to the needs of our neighbors. The need is growing and it is time to act to help those less fortunate,” he said.
The donation drive of non-perishable food and dry goods begins Nov. 1 and will last through the end of the month. Food collection bins will be placed at 13 locations throughout the township: the Municipal Building, Police Headquarters, Stelton Recreation Center, Minnie B. Veal Recreation Center, three public libraries and six firehouses. The firehouses allow donors to drop food 24-hours a day.
The food will go to clients of the Hands of Hope Food Pantry, which is part of the St. James Episcopal Church at 2136 Woodbridge Avenue and the food pantries at the Edison Spanish 7th Day Adventist Church at 2195 Woodbridge Avenue and the New Beginnings Church of the Nazarene on 80 Jefferson Boulevard.
“The dynamics of the needy have changed drastically,” said Tracy Disney, who helps operate the New Beginnings Church food pantry. “Today it is the dad who has lost his job due to downsizing, the wife whose husband dies suddenly, the minimum wage employee that needs a little help to get through each month. With these realities food pantries have become a much needed and appreciated resource.”
Jackie Goedesky, who runs the Hands of Hope Food Pantry, said on average she has been serving about 300 families twice a month, but recently they are seeing in an increase of 20 to 30 families a month.
“Edison residents this is your opportunity to help your neighbor. Please consider giving generously to this food drive. Remember, the family you are helping may be your next door neighbor,” Goedesky said.
“Your helping hands will change our neighborhood one home at a time. We’re thankful for this opportunity and to all those who will donate,” said Pastor Mario Thorp of the Edison Spanish 7th Day Adventist Church.
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