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.
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.
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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 Organizers request that no glass containers or outdated items be donated.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.