“Bowl For Hunger” Event Raised Nearly $20,000

MIDDLESEX COUNTY —The Third Annual “Bowl for Hunger” event raised $19,642, Assemblyman Craig J. Coughlin, in partnership with the Raritan Bay Medical Center Foundation and Middlesex Water Company, announced at a press conference today. Net proceeds have been divided evenly to the 28 M.C.F.O.O.D.S.-certified food banks in the 19th Legislative District, which Coughlin represents.

Coughlin praised and thanked the Raritan Bay Medical Center Foundation and Middlesex Water Company for partnering again for the Bowl for Hunger—stating that together 66 corporate sponsors and over 350 bowling participants helped to make a difference to area food banks. Coughlin cautioned, “While celebration is warranted, we cannot rest on our accomplishments. With unemployment in New Jersey languishing, 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 said, “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.”

Peter Barcellona, Chairman of Woodbridge’s “We Feed” Committee, a committee comprised of all 11 Township food banks, called the $627 to each food bank a “blessing.” Barcellona, on behalf of Mayor McCormac, 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 Third Annual “Bowl for Hunger” took place July 17 at the Woodbridge Bowling Center, welcoming over 350 participants from the local community. Sixty-six corporate, community and individual sponsors donated at least $100.00 to support the cause. Of the 66 sponsors, ten —Applebees, Assemblyman John S. Wisniewski, Berkeley College, DuPont, Gerdau, Hatch Mott MacDonald, New Jersey Dietetic Association, Northeast Regional Council of Carpenters, Shannon Rose Irish Pub, and Woodbridge Center Mall each donated $500.

The following food banks have been allotted approximately $627 each:
From Carteret: Calvary Baptist Church, Favor Ministries, 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 Food Pantry, Salvation Army, St. Peter’s Episcopal Church, St. Vincent DePaul, LaVictoria, St. John the Baptist Orthodox Church Soup Kitchen, and Vida Church.

From Sayreville: Faith Fellowship Ministries & 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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