Posted by: gmontealegre | November 13, 2013

FOOD INSECURITY – Help by participating in Linden Library food drive

Nov. 13, 2013 (Linden) –  Shortages of food and food insecurity is currently affecting many families in our tri-state area.  Linden and Union County have seen an increase of 40% in the people who sign up to their food programs.  Many families have suffered reductions of their food stamps, some have lost their jobs and steady income. Many have been forced to rely on the charity of others.  In  Linden the local library has united with other county libraries to conduct a food drive during this holiday season.

Linden Library  (google image)

Linden Library (google image)

A food bank recipient said recently that without the help and the generosity of organizations, the Linden Fire Department, the Mayor’s Office, the local churches, and people like you and me, she would not be able to celebrate Thanksgiving.

Below is the press release from the Linden Public Library and its Director Dennis Purves.

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Union County Public Libraries Join Together to Check Out Hunger in NJ

            Help check out hunger this holiday season with donations to a Food Drive being sponsored by the Union County Public Libraries. From November 25 – December 16, your local public library will be accepting donations of non-perishable food items to benefit the New Jersey Community Food Bank and other local food pantries. Collection bins will be conveniently located at the public libraries and library staff will then route 100% of the donations to designated food banks.

            During these tough economic times, many people in New Jersey have been left behind; low income families; struggling single parents; the elderly on a fixed income; the unemployed. One year later many people are still suffering the effects of super storm Sandy. The New Jersey Community Food Bank assists by supplying food to over 1,500 non-profit charities in 19 counties, including soup kitchens, food pantries, shelters, local food banks, after school programs and senior centers.

            To make this holiday season hunger free, simply visit your local library with a donation of non-perishable items. Groceries most urgently needed are canned meat and fish; canned soups and stews; peanut butter (in plastic jars); boxed pasta and rice; powdered milk; infant formula; canned vegetables and fruits.

            Participating libraries include: Berkeley Heights Public Library, Clark Public Library, Cranford Public Library, Elizabeth Public Library,  Garwood Free Public Library, Kenilworth Public Library, Linden Public Library, New Providence Memorial Library, Plainfield Public Library,  Rahway Public Library, Roselle Public Library, Springfield Public Library, Summit Public Library, Union Free Public Library, Westfield Memorial Library. For more information, contact your library or visit the Union County Public Libraries web site at http://www.luccnj.org.

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