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This year the 21st Annual Action Against Hunger™ Food Drive, scheduled for Sunday, October 14, 2012, from noon to 4 p.m. is more critical than ever, according to pantries that rely on the North Jersey Media Group Foundation's annual replenishment of food on their shelves. With the economy not improving fast enough and a drought that is predicted to drive up 2013 food prices, food pantry leaders are facing difficult challenges for fall 2012 into winter 2013. To help, monetary donations and food contributions can be made at more than 100 locations across northern New Jersey, including most local supermarkets. Donations can also be made online and locations can be found at ActionAgainstHunger.com.

Action Against Hunger™ is the largest food drive in the metropolitan area, serving 65 pantries that assist more than 40,000 clients. It is now a year-round, trademarked program that has been recognized as a model program for the country by America's Second Harvest, the largest hunger-relief organization in the nation.

  • 13.5% of our state suffers from food insecurity
  • 59% of those suffering are not eligible for any government programs, such as SNAP (food stamps), free school meals or CSFP (a senior feeding program)
  • Without access to government programs, 6 in 10 New Jerseyans who are hungry are forced to solely rely on services from charitable organizations such as the Community FoodBank of New Jersey

Local emergency food providers include Community FoodBank of NJ, Center for Food Action, Bergen County; CUMAC/ECHO, Passaic County; MEND, Essex County; and the Interfaith Food Pantry, Morris County.

How to Help

Be Food Bank Financiers

  • MATCHMAKING AT WORK - See if your employer will match you "can-for-can" or dollar for dollar.
  •  YOU CAN JUMP START YOUR WEEKEND - Employees who bring in 10 cans of food CAN leave an hour early on a given Friday.
  •  COACHING FOR CANS - If you coach a team or lead a youth group, ask participants to bring cans or donations to practices, games and meetings.
  •  CHECK'S IN THE MAIL - Forget the shopping and write a check. Food pantries purchase food in bulk, which gives them buying power that packs a punch.

 

Kids Make Food Banking Fun

  •  SCHOOL SPIRIT - Ask your school, team or club if you can chair a food drive within a food drive and set up a collection area for on-going donations.
  •  A GOOD DEED AND CREDIT, TOO - Make a full-blown collection effort part of your Bar/Bat Mitzvah project or collect community service hours along with cans of food.
  •  SHOP AT HOME - Show your mom and dad that they've got at least 10 cans of food in the closets the family doesn't use. Make sure it's fresh and pack it up for the food pantries.
  •  MORE THAN A PARTY FOR YOU - Instead of gifts, ask friends to bring a bag of groceries to your birthday party. Send out a list of most-needed items with your invitation. Your friends may surprise you by bringing stuff for the pantry and something fun for you, too.
  •  SHOP FOR KIDS - Meet at your local supermarket and shop the aisles for healthy and FUN foods kids in need might like – peanut butter and jelly, pasta mixes, soup and cereal. 

 

The most-needed items include nonperishable nutritious foods such as canned vegetables, meats, fish and fruits; hearty soups and stews; pasta; white and brown rice; peanut butter; enriched cereals; oatmeal, pancake mix, and powdered or evaporated milk; 100 percent fruit juice; baby formula; and low-sugar and low-sodium foods for those with special dietary needs. Organizers request that no glass containers or outdated items be donated.

Tax-deductible, cash donations pack a powerful punch because food pantries buy in bulk. The Community FoodBank of NJ reports "For every $1.00 in our operating budget, we provide close to $10.00 worth of food to the hungry."

Contributions can be made online at www.ActionAgainstHunger.com or mailed to North Jersey Media Group Foundation, c/o Legal Department, P.O. Box 75, Hackensack, NJ 07602-9192. One hundred percent of all donations go to those in need.

Unlike most other nonprofits, the North Jersey Media Group Foundation's expenses are fully paid for by a private company (North Jersey Media Group). This means that 100% of your donation will go to those in need.

For more information about the drive, drop-off sites and how you can help, please visit www.ActionAgainstHunger.com or call 973-569-7683.

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