Schools, businesses, agencies, and community members came together to make a difference for some of our struggling families.
United Way of Sussex County,
NJ Herald and partners, in collaboration with
Pass It Along's Serve-a-thon asked the entire Sussex County community to conduct food drives to restock our local pantries for this summer. The concept of Foodstock was born. Schools, businesses, agencies, and community members came together to make a difference for some of our struggling families. Up until the date of May 16, 2008 food drives were conducted and the collected items were then brought to the Sussex County Community College the morning of May 17th. Approximately 60 volunteers of all ages were waiting at the college to sort all of the donated food in order to have the food pantries "shop" in order to fill their needs.
This collaborative effort of our community was a great success, collecting a total of 14,571 items that were distributed to 14 Sussex County food pantries. A huge part of the success was the NJ Herald's dedication in ensuring this effort was highly publicized. According to one of the grateful recipients "The advertising, organization, and man/woman power was a marvel. This food will warm the hearts and nourish the lives of hundreds throughout the county who have difficulty providing for themselves." Another recipient commented "We give out a cartful of food to about 35 families a month, more than 150 people. We were able to replenish a lot of missing or low items and give out more food due to the generosity of those who donated to the drive."
The Partners involved in Foodstock really want our county to remember that hunger is a year-round issue and encourage everyone to get involved in their local food pantries. Often food donations decrease in the summer months, which can leave many children who were previously receiving free lunches throughout the school year, not being able to have three nourishing meals a day. It is initiatives like this one that can mobilize a community to take action for a very important cause.