O’Brien Urges Residents, Businesses To Donate Food To Local Pantries
Burlington County Freeholder Mary Ann O’Brien is working with the United Way of Burlington County, the Burlington County Chamber of Commerce, Burlington County Courts and local non-profit agencies to collect much needed food to help stop hunger in our area.
Freeholder O’Brien is asking Burlington County employees and Burlington County Courts employees to continue to collect food items for our local food pantries starting today through Friday, June 22.
Residents and local businesses are also being asked to continue to donate non-perishable food, money or food gift cards to their local food banks, or, to our partners, Catholic Charities and Christian Caring Centers. These two agencies are distributing all collected items to pantries across the County.
"I am asking County residents and local businesses to join our efforts to help stop hunger in Burlington County. Many of our residents are in need of food in these continuingly difficult economic times. We need to make sure all of our neighbors know we are all here to support them,” said Burlington County Freeholder Mary Ann O’Brien. “Together, we hope to fill our local pantries with enough food for everyone.”
Collection boxes are throughout County Buildings. Sheriff Jean Stanfield, who orchestrates a successful toy drive each year, has enthusiastically agreed to assist us in the collection process.
“County employees have been extremely generous in past food drives and we are hoping that once again, everyone will join in with our efforts,” said O’Brien.
Food banks are most in need of donations during the summer months, when donations are traditionally lower.
“The United Way of Burlington County is happy to join forces with the County once again for a food drive,” said Bruce Conway, president of the United Way of Burlington County. “I am sure all of our partners will help us make sure our residents are fed this summer.”
The food banks are in desperate need of food items or food store gift cards so that they can purchase items that are in more demand.
The Food Banks need:
- Breakfast Bars
- Canned meals, such as mac & cheese, ravioli, beef stew, spaghetti & meatballs, etc
- Canned items such as soup, tuna, vegetables and fruits
- Boxed or bagged items such as Cereal, noodles, pasta, rice, crackers and stuffing
- Jarred items such as Jelly, peanut butter, pasta sauce, etc
- Bottled items such as juice
- Shelf milk
- Baby food
To ensure food safety, we cannot use:
- Rusty or Unlabeled Cans
- Perishable Items
- Homemade Items
- Noncommercial Canned or packaged Items
- Open or Used Items
- Out of Date or expired items
Here is a list of a few of the larger Food Pantries in our area. You may donate to any other pantry of your choice as well.
Catholic Charities, Emergency & Community Services
801 Burlington Avenue, Delanco, New Jersey
(856) 764-6945 x119 or 111 (donors)
Christian Caring Center
378 Lakehurst Rd, Browns Mills, New Jersey
Quest Ministries/ Tabernacle Baptist Church
150 East Second Street, Burlington, New Jersey
St. Vincent DePaul – Medford
1 Jones Road, Medford, New Jersey
St. Vincent DePaul – Mount Holly
260 High Street, Mount Holly, New Jersey
132-136 E. Broad Street, Burlington, NJ 08016
609 747 9333