MIDDLESEX COUNTY — Assemblyman Craig J. Coughlin’s second annual Bowl For Hunger event, held in partnership with the Raritan Bay Medical Center Foundation and Middlesex Water Company, raised more than $14,000 for Middlesex County food banks.
Coughlin thanked the Raritan Bay Medical Center Foundation and Middlesex Water Company for partnering again for the event—stating that together 73 corporate sponsors and over 350 bowling participants helped to make a difference to area food banks.
However, the Middlesex County Democrat cautioned, “While celebration is warranted, we cannot rest on our accomplishments. With unemployment in New Jersey languishing over 9 percent, we must keep our foot on the pedal and continue to drive home the message that our food banks are in constant need of our help.”
Michael D’Agnes, president and CEO of Raritan Bay Medical Center said, “The Raritan Bay Medical Center and our Foundation are honored and privileged to be a part of the Bowl for Hunger. We truly recognize that people rely on food banks. As the primary medical resource in the 19th District coverage area, we have a strong interest in maintaining a healthy community.”
Middlesex Water Chairman and President Dennis Doll stated, “Middlesex Water Company was pleased to sponsor this event and join with so many others who share a commitment to addressing the shortages in our area food banks. We plan on holding a food drive in our company as a further step to help our local pantries in their ongoing need and encourage those who can to do the same.”
Perth Amboy Mayor Wilda Diaz said, “The City of Perth Amboy is once again thankful to our Assemblyman Craig Coughlin and our corporate partners Raritan Bay Medical Center and Middlesex Water Company. Our economy has impacted many of our residents and left some in search of life’s most basic needs like food and shelter. The Bowl for Hunger fundraiser provides relief to the people who need it most. We care for our residents and want to make sure they are provided for in such trying times by our local food shelters. ”
Peter Barcellona, chairman of Woodbridge’s “We Feed” Committee, a committee comprised of all 11 Township food banks, called the $470 to each food bank a “blessing.” Barcellona praised the efforts of the Bowl for Hunger partnership for bringing food banks to the forefront. He cited Woodbridge Township’s food banks alone as providing food for 600 families each month.
The second Bowl for Hunger took place July 19 at the Woodbridge Bowling Center, welcoming over 350 participants from the local community. Seventy-three corporate, community and individual sponsors donated at least $100 to support the cause.
The following food banks have been allotted approximately $470 each:
From Carteret: Calvary Baptist Church, Favor Ministries, Iglesia De Dios Pentecostal MI, Kosher Food bank of Carteret, Living Water Family Outreach and St. Joseph’s Parish, Society of St. Vincent De Paul.
From Perth Amboy: Cathedral International— Mercy House, Iglesia Ciudad de Refugio, Our Lady of Fatima Bread of Life Food Pantry, Mount Carmel Ministries, Rock of Salvation Church, Salvation Army, St. Peter’s Episcopal Church, and St. Vincent DePaul.
From Sayreville: Faith Fellowship Ministries, Our Lady of Victories Parish Food Bank and World Outreach Center and Sayreville Care & Share Food Bank.
From South Amboy: First Presbyterian Church of South Amboy and St. Mary’s Church Food Pantry.
From Woodbridge: “Elijah’s Bread” Fellowship Bible Church, First Baptist Church of Woodbridge, First Congregational Church of Woodbridge, First Presbyterian Church of Avenel, First Presbyterian Church of Iselin, First Presbyterian Church of Woodbridge, Heaven’s Helpers, Metro Park Assembly of God, St. Cecelia’s Food Pantry, St. James Food Pantry, and Trinity Church Food Pantry & Soup Kitchen.
The 19th Legislative District is comprised of the following municipalities: Carteret, Perth Amboy, Sayreville, South Amboy, and Woodbridge.
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