WOODBRIDGE – Township officials today announced the kick-off of the 2013 “Season of Giving” Holiday Food Drive. This year’s effort includes a township-wide drop-off day – Saturday, Dec. 14 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. — at more than a dozen locations.
“More than ever before, we are seeking food donations for the Woodbridge Township food pantries that provide for the hungry throughout the holiday’s and into the New Year,” said Woodbridge Mayor John McCormac. “We have set a goal to collect at least 10,000 pounds of non-perishable food for the ‘Season of Giving’ holiday food drive by the end of the year – food that will be distributed by our local food pantries as they work to ensure that township residents receive much needed supplies.”
The “Season of Giving” food drive continues at all of the upcoming Township-sponsored holiday events, concerts, and programs where visitors can drop-off non-perishable food donations. The annual Barron Arts Center Holiday Train Display & Exhibit, which has become the singular “stop” for the ‘Season of Giving’ food drive, is “on track” through Dec. 29 (closed on Christmas Day).
The ‘Season of Giving’ holiday food drive will also collect donations at the following events:
- Dec. 6: Annual Woodbridge Township Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony & Holiday Train Show Reception at The Barron Arts Center. Tree Lighting at 5 p.m.
- Dec. 7: Holiday Arts & Gingerbread Decorating at the Parker Press Park from 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. followed by the Holiday Stroll & Horse-Drawn Sleigh Ride on Main Street in Downtown Woodbridge from 1 to 4 p.m.
- Dec. 11: Poets Wednesday: Holiday Celebration & Open Reading at the Barron Arts Center at 8 p.m.
- Dec. 13: Barron Arts Center Annual Holiday Concert featuring The Gospel Shepherds. Performance at 7:30 p.m. at the First Baptist Church of Woodbridge, 130 Sewaren Avenue. No reservations required.
- Dec. 15: Pictures with Santa from 10 – 11:30 a.m. at Parker Press Park.
Non-perishable food items for the ‘Season of Giving’ holiday food drive can be dropped off any weekday at the Woodbridge Township Health Center, 2 George Frederick Plaza; Woodbridge Town Hall, 1 Main Street; the Woodbridge Library, 1 George Frederick Plaza; or at the Woodbridge Community Center, 600 Main Street, anytime between 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m.
Peter Barcellona, Chairman of the “We Feed Woodbridge” Food Bank Committee, noted that the “Season of Giving” food donation drop-off day is Sat., Dec. 14 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Non-perishable food can be dropped-off at any of the following locations:
- St. James Church, 174 Grove Street, Woodbridge
- Trinity Episcopal Church, Trinity Lane, Woodbridge
- First Congregational Church, Barron Ave., Woodbridge
- First Presbyterian Church, 600 Rahway Avenue, Woodbridge
- First Presbyterian Church, 1295 Oak Tree Rd, Iselin
- First Presbyterian Church, 621 E. Woodbridge Ave., Avenel
- St. Cecelia Church, 45 Wilus Way, Iselin
- Heavens Helper’s, 343 Pearl Street, Woodbridge
- Metro Park Assembly of God, 48 Berkeley Blvd., Iselin
- Elijah’s Bread Food Pantry, Ridgedale & E. Prospect Ave., Woodbridge
- First Baptist Church, 130 Sewaren Ave, Sewaren
- Trinity Episcopal Church Soup Kitchen, Trinity Lane, Woodbridge
Or township location(s):
- Woodbridge Community Center, 600 Main Street
- Woodbridge Health Center, 2 George Frederick Plaza, Woodbridge
- Woodbridge Municipal Building – Police Department, 1 Main Street Woodbridge
- Woodbridge Public Library, 1 George Frederick Plaza
- Barron Arts Center, 582 Rahway Avenue
- Evergreen Center, 400 Inman Ave., Colonia
Additional information about the 2013 “Season of Giving” Holiday Food Drive or the “We Feed Woodbridge” Committee is available by contacting the Woodbridge Township Department of Health & Human Services at 732-855-0600 x 5034.
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