Woodbridge Plans Election Day Food Drive

WOODBRIDGE –Woodbridge Township Mayor John E. McCormac and Superintendent of Schools Dr. John A. Crowe, along with senior class students from Colonia, Woodbridge, and John F. Kennedy High Schools, announced that the “Cast-a-Can When You Cast Your Vote” food drive is in place for the General Election on Tuesday, Nov. 3.

“Cast-a-Can When You Cast Your Vote” is a student-sponsored community program which encourages voters to drop-off canned goods at polling locations as they go to vote on Election Day.


“The ‘Cast-a-Can When You Cast Your Vote’ food drive program is synonymous with election day in Woodbridge Township and is one of the most significant efforts we as a community can participate in to assist needy families,” Mayor McCormac said. “The election day food drive is even more important this year than ever before as more and more people are seeking help and assistance from our food pantries.  So, as Township residents go to vote on Tuesday, we’re asking that they take a can… or two… or three… to their polling location for drop-off in the ‘Cast-a-Can’ container.”

The “Cast A Can When You Cast Your Vote” food drive is coordinated by students from Colonia, Woodbridge and JFK High Schools.  Working in with the Board of Elections and Town Hall, students place drop-off containers at more than 60 polling locations throughout the township.  The students collect the containers at the close of the election and take the donated food to the Township Health Center where it is sorted and distributed to food pantries.

“I would like to acknowledge the extraordinary work of our high school students from Colonia, Woodbridge and JFK High Schools, their teachers, advisors and parents for continuing to employ the increasingly successful “Cast-a-Can When You Cast Your Vote” food drive.  It is truly an effort that demonstrates a real commitment to purpose, community and the human condition,” said Crowe.

Peter Barcellona, chairman of the “We Feed Woodbridge” Food Bank Committee, noted that non-perishable food stuffs (canned goods, pre-package and boxed foods, baby food, paper products, etc.) collected by the “Cast-a-Can When You Cast Your Vote” food drive are distributed to needy Woodbridge Township families and individuals through local food pantries.

The year-round effort to keep Woodbridge Township food banks stocked continues with food donations being part of every election and Township-sponsored event such as the Mayor’s Summer Concert Series, the Barron Arts Center Holiday Concert, and other public events.  Additionally, non-perishable foods can be dropped off any weekday at the Woodbridge Township Public Health Center, 2 George Frederick Plaza, between 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m., Woodbridge Town Hall, 1 Main Street, the Woodbridge Library, 1 George Frederick Plaza, or at the Woodbridge Community Center, 600 Main Street.

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