WILKES-BARRE - The Mohegan Sun Arena/SMG Management staff and the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins will host a Food Drive on November 16th and 17th to benefit the Hurricane Sandy victims in New Jersey. All items will be donated to the Community FoodBank of New Jersey.
The Community FoodBank of New Jersey is currently distributing over 100,000 lbs. of food daily to families affected by Hurricane Sandy. They have been working closely with New Jersey Voluntary Organization Active in Disaster (VOAD), the Red Cross, and the Salvation Army to respond to the needs of the many New Jersey Residents who have been affected by the devastation.
The Community FoodBank of New Jersey is seeking donations of the following items only:
Meals in a can, Canned tuna, Peanut butter, Protein bars, Canned Fruits, Canned Vegetables, Canned Soup, Shelf-stable Milk, Cereal, Diapers and Baby Food (No Glass Jars).
On Friday, November 16th, fans attending the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins game against the Bridgeport Sound Tigers will be able to drop off items from the list above as they enter the venue for the game. Doors for the game will open at 6PM and anyone attending the game must have a ticket to gain entry. The Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins are offering fans a special ticket package for this game that includes admission to the game, a hat, popcorn and a drink. $4 from each ticket package will be donated to the FoodBank. For more information, please call the Penguins at (570) 208-7367.
Mohegan Sun Arena will be accepting donated items from the general public from the above list of items on Saturday, November 17th from 10AM-2PM at the East Gate Entrance at Mohegan Sun Arena in Wilkes-Barre Township. Volunteer members of the arena's Community Outreach Group (COG) will be on site to collect the donated goods and will deliver all items from both collections to the FoodBank's main location in Hillside, NJ the week of November 19th.
$10 financial donations may also be made by texting FEEDNJ to 80888.
About the Community FoodBank of New Jersey
A designated 501(c)(3) charitable organization, the Community Foodbank of New Jersey is a member of Feeding America, the nation's largest network of food banks, as well as a member of the New Jersey Federation of food banks which includes our Southern Branch, the Food Bank of South Jersey, and our three Partner Distribution Organizations (PDOs): FoodBank of Monmouth & Ocean Counties, Mercer Street Friends Food Bank and NORWESCAP Food Bank.
Page 2 of 2 - What was to become the Community FoodBank of New Jersey began when founder, President and CEO, Kathleen DiChiara (pictured), began distributing groceries out of the trunk of her car in 1975. The FoodBank was soon established the same year as part of the Archdiocese of Newark.
That first year, operating from the fourth floor of the Mount Carmel Guild building in Newark, without a loading dock, the Community FoodBank distributed 75,000 pounds of groceries. In 1982, the FoodBank was incorporated and moved up to an unheated former meat-packing plant in Newark's Ironbound district. During this period, Kathleen was appointed by then-Governor Thomas Kean to the New Jersey Commission on Hunger, which was influential in developing legislation and policies aimed at reducing hunger in the state, including improving programs for home-delivered meals to senior citizens and participation in the Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) feeding program.
The FoodBank's distribution of food to charities throughout the state grew, and in 1987 moved its location to a larger warehouse, a 43,000-foot warehouse with enough freezer and refrigerator space to accommodate more frozen foods, meats, milk, and fresh fruits and vegetables. In 1993 continued support and program growth led the FoodBank to its current 280,000 square-foot facility in Hillside, New Jersey.
Today, the FoodBank distributes 39 million pounds of food and groceries a year, ultimately serving 1,500 non-profit programs including 436 programs served by its Partner Distribution Organizations (PDOs). Through their combined efforts, they help to feed 900,000 low-income people in 18 of New Jersey's 21 counties.
For more information, please visit http://www.njfoodbank.org.