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Community "Stuff the Bus" to Feed Neighbors in Need
Release Date: December 06, 2016

WNNJ, WSUS, Weis Markets and First Hope Bank Join to Stuff the Bus Against Hunger

Stuff the Bus 2014

Community "Stuff the Bus" to Feed Neighbors in Need

Hundreds of faithful and compassionate listeners of WNNJ 103.7, WSUS 102.3 and MAX 106.3 radio talents flocked to First Hope Bank, Weis Markets Newton and Franklin locations, Franklin Sussex Auto Mall, the Mohawk House, Carl's Auto Body, and Byram, Sparta and Andover police cruisers during November to help "Stuff the Bus" with donations to benefit the Department of Health and Human Services, Division of Social Services Food Pantry, which serves Sussex County residents in need. WNNJ 103.7 personalities Gary Cee, Borasio and Tony Paige and WSUS 102.3 personalities Steve Andrews, Steve Allen, George Fuller and Mel Andrews broadcasted live during several days, while loyal listeners filled buses provided by Sussex County Skylands Ride with their donations. Assemblywoman Gail Phoebus and Freeholder George Graham attended this years' event to greet residents and "Stuff the Bus" with donations.

This year, Steve Scrou of the Mohawk House, Byram Chief of Police Peter Zabita, Lieutenant Neil Spidaletto of the Sparta Township Police Department, the Andover Police Department and Carl's Auto Body in Sparta joined forces with Stuff the Bus by creating Cram the Cruiser. Food drives were held at Byram Shop Rite and Sparta Stop & Shop. Generous residents "crammed" several police cruisers with non-perishable food items and turkeys.

WNNJ 103.7, WSUS 102.3 and MAX 106.3 radio talents and Cram the Cruiser organizers have given many a reason to be thankful during the holiday season by hosting the Stuff the Bus food drive for the past nine years. Stuff the Bus collected over 34,450 pounds of food and over $9,000.00 in monetary donations this year. Since the first Stuff the Bus was held in 2008, thanks to the help of WNNJ 103.7, WSUS 102.3 and MAX 106.3, over 209,200 pounds of food and over $46,500.00 has been donated to the Sussex County Food Pantry.

The food pantry at the Division of Social Services provides food to residents in need throughout Sussex County, as well as local food pantries whose shelves are often depleted due to the increasing demand for assistance. Thanks to the continued support of WNNJ 103.7, WSUS 102.3, MAX 106.3 and our generous community, Social Services has been able to keep food pantry shelves stocked throughout these economically difficult times.

The County of Sussex, Department of Health and Human Services, Division of Social Services would like to send a warm thank you to Gary Cee, Borasio, Tony Page, Steve Andrews, Steve Allen, George Fuller, Mel Andrews, WNNJ 103.7, WSUS 102.3, MAX 106.3, Weis Markets, First Hope Bank, Franklin Sussex Auto Mall, Steve Scrou, the Mohawk House, Carl's Auto Body, Chief Peter Zabita of the Byram Township Police Department, Lieutenant Neil Spidaletto of the Sparta Township Police Department, the Andover Police Department, Skylands Ride, food pantry volunteers and countless community supporters, as well as the people and businesses who served as a collection site and/or donated to make this food drive such a success. Sussex County Health and Human Services Administrator Carol Novrit stated, "It almost seems unfathomable that this effort began nearly a decade ago. Social Services originally began proving food to residents in need over twenty years ago. What began as an added service to help people who were struggling, between jobs, or simply awaiting Food Stamps has become a vital need to many who are just trying to survive from paycheck to paycheck. No one could have foreseen how long it was going to take for the economy to rebound. Social Services has been able to weather this storm and assist countless residents in need thanks to our strong, generous and caring community."

If anyone is in need of food for themselves or their family, they can stop by the Division of Social Services, located at 83 Spring Street, Newton, NJ, from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday. Also, food donations or pet food are accepted during these hours or special arrangements can be made for after-hours donations by calling 973-383-3600.

Sussex County Stuffs the Bus November 18, 19 and 20, 2016

Stuff the Bus November 18 2016

Sussex County Health & Human Services Administrator Carol Novrit with WSUS personality Steve Andrews

Stuff the Bus November 18 2016

Sussex County Clerk Jeffrey Parrott with WSUS personality Steve Andrews

Stuff the Bus November 18 2016

Sussex County Freeholder Director George Graham with WSUS personality Steve Andrews

Stuff the Bus November 18 2016

Stuff the Bus November 18 2016

Stuff the Bus November 18 2016

Stuff the Bus November 18 2016

Stuff the Bus November 18 2016

Stuff the Bus November 18 2016

Stuff the Bus November 18 2016

Stuff the Bus November 18 2016

Assemblywoman Gail Phoebus, Acting Sussex County Administrator Ron Tappan, Health & Human Services Administrator Carol Novrit

Stuff the Bus November 18 2016

Stuff the Bus November 18 2016

Stuff the Bus November 19 2016

Stuff the Bus November 19 2016

Stuff the Bus November 19 2016

Stuff the Bus November 19 2016

Stuff the Bus November 19 2016

Stuff the Bus 2014






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