Turkey Drives Take Aim At Thanksgiving Hunger

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HILLSIDE — Volunteers will be at five locations in Middlesex County, to collect frozen turkeys, non-perishable food, and donations on Saturday, Nov. 21. Look for the volunteers in the parking lots of the drop-off location between 9 a.m. and 2 p.m.

Locations:
St. Francis School – 45 Library Place, Metuchen
Heidi’s Cottage – 445 North Avenue, Dunellen
Magyar Bank – 582 Milltown Road, North Brunswick
Panera Bread Woodbridge – 21 Woodbridge Center Drive, Woodbridge
Panera Bread Piscataway – 1331 Centennial Avenue, Piscataway

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The turkeys and other donations will help the FoodBank to provide a traditional Thanksgiving dinner and other holiday meals to those in need, and to be there for those in need after the holidays.

“Our partner agencies have reported a rise in need of 30 percent in the past year. When you combine that with the tens of thousands who are losing their unemployment benefits each month the outlook is bleak,” says Kathleen DiChiara, president and CEO of the Community FoodBank of New Jersey. “We rely on these turkey drives to help combat the problem and provide a Thanksgiving meal for those in need.”

In total there are 35 sites taking part in the 2009 Turkey Drives across Northern and Central New Jersey. A complete list of sites is available online.
The FoodBank is encouraging financial donations, which will be used to purchase turkeys at wholesale prices and assist in distributing food and groceries throughout the winter months when the number of families needing help increases greatly. Donations can be made online at www.njfoodbank.org.


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