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Food Pantry Facing Depleted Shelves as Holidays Arrive

Despite recent donation efforts, an increased need from South Brunswick's less fortunate in the wake of Hurricane Sandy have emptied the supplies of the township Food Pantry.

With a record high number of families coming to South Brunswick Social Services for aid, the once stoked shelves of the township Food Pantry have left the department scrambling as the holiday season arrives.

Social Services has packed almost 200 sets of boxes for the less fortunate on Thanksgiving, but the last 70 boxes are missing important items 

"We have packed up food to date for 102 families and about 20 individuals and singles without children, and have at least 70 to 80 more," said Social Services Director LouAnne Wolf.  "More families come in and sign up every day."

Following Hurricane Sandy, Social Services is provided food to those living at the township emergency shelter after being displaced from their homes with temperatures dropping. The department received a boost after local efforts contributed to three full van loads delivered to the Food Pantry. 

But the increased need quickly depleted those supplies.

"We need the continued generosity of the community to ensure these families have a bountiful Thanksgiving," Wolf said. "We have had a multitude of volunteers who have been amazing, thank you all. We hope to make this a memorable Thanksgiving for these families. Thank you all for donating to us."

The following items are needed to help fill the remaining Thanksgiving boxes for the less fortunate:

  • Bottled water
  • Boxed brownie and cake mixes, icing, pie crusts, and pie fillings such as pumpkin, apple, etc.
  • Healthy low fat/low sugar snack foods (granola bars, crackers, cookies, snack packs, etc.)
  • Coffee
  • Canned corn and green vegetables
  • Canned Beans and canned tomatoes
  • Supermarket Gift Cards
  • Boxed Milk (Parmalat & Borden's)
  • Peanut butter & jelly
  • Stuffing
  • Canned turkey gravy
  • Canned cranberry sauce
  • Canned sweet potatoes
  • Cornbread muffin mix
  • Chicken broth
  • Frozen/fresh turkeys, fresh or canned hams
  • Oatmeal and boxed cereal
  • Pancake mix and syrup
  • Canned tuna

To donate or volunteer for South Brunswick Social Services, call 732-329-4000 ext. 7674.

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Julie Rohr November 15, 2012 at 12:17 PM
A friend attempted to donate last Tuesday...when she arrived she found out you were closed for ELECTION day! In times like this the food pantry should be open for those who need it and for those willing to donate. Let's stay focused on the people of this town!
Julie Rohr November 15, 2012 at 12:57 PM
Let's keep the focus on the people in need! I don't feel bad for the people that need an ENTIRE day to vote! Exactly people are BUSY! When someone goes to donate food for people in need that is way more important than taking an entire day off to vote. Thats my opinion! I have donated and will again and again and again. This towns priorities are messed up.
Julie Rohr November 15, 2012 at 01:03 PM
I work for a dentist who has 3 children. Left them COUNTLESS weekends Christmas mornings new years thanksgiving Easter to go help people in pain. Closing your doors on hungry cold people a week after a disaster is not acceptable.
I am RIGHT November 15, 2012 at 05:22 PM
Julie - I'm amazed you used your real name. Most people bashing SB Social Services would do it under an alias. You have truly reached an ALL-TIME low with your comments. HEARTLESS!!!!!!!!!!
Julie Rohr November 15, 2012 at 09:11 PM
Mr or ms I am right...I don't hide behind a ridiculous alias because I AM RIGHT! Heartless is closing the doors on hungry cold people.
Cathleen DiBenedetto November 15, 2012 at 10:47 PM
You know what Julie , why don't you give some of your time to the Food Pantry. I am sure they could use your help...This way they could be open 24/ 7 365 days a year..

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