Woodbridge To Hold Election Day Food Drive

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WOODBRIDGE –Woodbridge Township Mayor John E. McCormac, Schools Superintendent Dr. John A. Crowe, along with students from Colonia, Woodbridge, and John F. Kennedy Memorial 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. 2.  “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 when 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,” 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, when 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.”

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The “Cast-a-Can When You Cast Your Vote” food drive is coordinated by students from Colonia, Woodbridge and JFK High Schools.  Working with the Board of Elections and the Municipal Clerk’s Office, students place drop-off containers at the 72 voting districts and 31 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, and the principals, teachers, advisors, and parents for continuing to coordinate 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 the following food pantries:

  • Heavens Helper’s Pantry, 343 Pearl Street, Woodbridge (formerly Congregation Adath Israel) (732-742-8942);
  • First Presbyterian Church, 20 Middlesex Avenue, Iselin, (732-283-1188);
  • Trinity Episcopal Church, Trinity Lane, Woodbridge, (732-634-7422);
  • Metro Park Assembly of God, 48 Berkeley Blvd., Iselin, (732-310-8758);
  • First Presbyterian Church, 600 Rahway Avenue, Woodbridge, (732-634-1024);
  • St. James Roman Catholic Church, 174 Grove Street, Woodbridge, (732-636-4310);
  • First Presbyterian Church of Avenel, 621 E. Woodbridge Avenue, (732-634-1631);
  • First Congregational Church-Women of Faith, Barron Avenue, Woodbridge, (732-634-0582);
  • St. Cecelia Roman Catholic Church, 45 Wilus Way, Iselin (732-283-0150),
  • Elijah’s Bread Food Pantry, Ridgedale and E. Prospect Avenues, Woodbridge (732-636-7727).

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 Woodbridge Wednesday concerts on Main Street, the Mayor’s Summer Concert Series, the Barron Arts Center summer programs and concerts, and other Township-sponsored public events.  The upcoming “Season of Giving” food drive gets underway with the annual Barron Arts Center Holiday Train Display & Exhibit which has become the singular “stop” for the ‘Season of Giving’ food drive.  This year, the holiday train display at The Barron is “on track” from Dec. 3 to Dec. 28.  The ‘Season of Giving’ food drive continues at the following events:

Nov. 27 ~ Holiday Stroll & Sleigh Ride on Main Street from 1 to 4 p.m.

Dec. 3 ~ Official Woodbridge Township Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony & Holiday Reception at The Barron Arts Center at 5 p.m. followed by the New Horizons Band of Woodbridge Holiday Concert at Woodbridge Center Mall at 7:30 p.m.

Dec. 5 ~ Annual Woodbridge Township Holiday Parade on Main Street at 1:30 p.m.

Dec. 10 ~ Barron Arts Center Presents: Holiday Concert with the Princeton Garden Statesmen. An 86-member barbershop chorus performing holiday selections from the St. James Church, 361 Amboy Ave.  RESERVATIONS REQUIRED.  Call 1-732-634-0413.

Dec. 11 ~ Pictures with Santa at the Woodbridge Community Center at 10 a.m.

Dec. 18 ~ New Horizons Choral Society Holiday Sing-A-Long at the First Presbyterian Church of Woodbridge, 600 Rahway Avenue, at 8 p.m.

Additionally, non-perishable foods can be dropped off any weekday at the Woodbridge Township 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. Information about the “Cast-a-Can When You Cast Your Vote” Election Day food drive or the “We Feed Woodbridge” Committee is available by contacting the Department of Health & Human Services at 1-732-855-0600 x5034.

Woodbridge Mayor John E. McCormac, Dr. John A. Crowe, Superintendent of Schools, Colonia High School Principal Dr. Robert Zega, and Poeter Barcellona, Director, “We Feed Woodbridge,” introduce students from Colonia, Woodbridge and John F. Kennedy Memorial High Schools to announce the “Cast-A-Can When You Cast Your Vote” food drive set for the Nov. 2 General Election.

Students from Colonia, Woodbridge and John F. Kennedy Memorial High Schools announce the “Cast-A-Can When You Cast Your Vote” food drive from Colonia High School.  The annual election day food drive is set for Tues., Nov. 2 at all Woodbridge Township polling locations.

Colonia High School student leader Kristine Allan participates in announcing the 2010 “Cast-A-Can When You Cast Your Vote” food drive.


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