With unemployment at more than 8 percent in New Jersey and dwindling supplies at local food banks, a handful of Gloucester County service organizations are partnering up to put some extra effort into collection efforts this winter.
From February 24 to 28, the West-Deptford-headquartered United Way of Gloucester County, the People for People Foundation and the Gloucester County Freeholders’ Human Service Advisory Council will hold a non-perishable food drive.
The agencies are looking for employers to sponsor workplace collection points and to encourage employee participation as well. Wet canned pet food will also be accepted for donation to the county animal shelter.
The items most needed include:
- canned tuna, salmon, chicken, ham and corned beef
- whole-grain breakfast cereals and oatmeal
- peanut butter
- beans (canned or dry)
- canned soups, stews, fruits and vegetables
- rice, pastas, macaroni and cheese dinners
- pancake and pudding mixes
- peanuts, granola bars, sunflower seeds, almonds
- canned fruit juices
- canned and shelf-stable dairy products.
Cash donations will also be accepted.
For those interested in sponsoring a workplace food drive, contact Donna Fanticola at the United Way of Gloucester County: (856) 845-4303 x13 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Individual donations will be received at the United Way office (454 Crown Point Road, Thorofare) from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on February 28.