Middlesex County Food Bank Needs Donations

MIDDLESEX COUNTY—M.C.F.O.O.D.S., Middlesex County’s food distribution program serving more than 70 food pantries and soup kitchens, is seeking food donations to meet the increasing summer demand.

“Right now we have reached that ‘perfect storm’ of more needy people requiring food assistance because of the economic downturn, children being at home for summer and not getting their usual free breakfast and lunch meals at school, and a growing number of food pantries and soup kitchens using M.C.F.O.O.D.S. food supplies,” said M.C.F.O.O.D.S. coordinator Jennifer Apostol.


She continued, “We are also at the point where holiday and spring food drive stocks are totally wiped out and the shelves are just plain empty.”

The Middlesex County Food Organization and Outreach Distribution Services (M.C.F.O.O.D.S.) is seeking businesses, individuals, summer camps, clubs, athletic teams churches and organizations to donate items, sponsor a food drive or donate supermarket gift cards.

“We have always received an incredible amount of support from our community and corporate partners in these times of special need,” said Freeholder Blanquita B. Valenti, M.C.F.O.O.D.S. freeholder liaison. “We are turning to them once more and also seeking new partners to meet the growing demands.”

M.C.F.O.O.D.S. will provide collection containers, advertising flyers and posters and guidance to any group willing to hold a food drive. To sponsor a food drive or for more information contact Apostol at 609-409-5033 or ja@mciauth.com.

Individuals who want to donate food can use the year-round collection boxes at Middlesex County libraries in East Brunswick, Edison, Metuchen, Milltown, Monroe, North Brunswick, Perth Amboy, Plainsboro, South Brunswick, South Plainfield, Spotswood and Woodbridge.

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