Congressman’s Office Now Accepting Donations For United Way’s Weekend Backpack Program

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Rep. Leonard Lance

WESTFIELD – Congressman Leonard Lance (R-NJ-07) announced Wednesday that his congressional district offices in Westfield and Flemington will serve as drop off locations for food and book donations for needy children throughout the month of October.

The drive is part of an effort spearheaded by the United Way of Northern New Jersey and the Courier News – who are collecting items for the United Way’s Weekend Backpack program. The Weekend Backpack program provides “children whose families are struggling financially with nutritious and easily accessible food over the weekend, as well as new age-appropriate books to promote reading and improving literacy.”

The following food and snack items are needed: beef stew (small cans), Vienna sausages (small cans), tuna (three-ounce pull-top can or bag), oatmeal (instant packets), Chef Boyardee canned pasta (7 ounce), milk (8 ounce boxes), juice boxes, snacks (individual packs of pretzels, cookies, etc.), macaroni and cheese (microwaveable packets), Ramen noodles, cereal (small boxes), pudding cups, Jell-O cups and fruit cups.

Additionally, new age-appropriate children’s books are also being collected.

Residents can drop off food and book donations to one of Lance’s district offices before Wednesday, Oct. 24. Donations may be dropped off at the following locations:

Lance’s Westfield Office is located at 425 North Avenue East. Residents with questions may call 1-908-518-7733.

Lance’s Flemington Office is located at 23 Royal Road (Suite 101). Residents with questions may call 1-908-788-6900.

For more information about the program, visit the United Way of Northern New Jersey’s website,

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