A major concern for those experiencing housing issues or financial hardship is how they will afford to eat while trying to pay other living expenses. The Department of Human Services, Division of Social Services provides food to those who are hungry, among the wide array of other services they have available. Their food pantry operates primarily on donations. The Sussex County Division of Social Services gives food to hundreds of families and individuals who would go hungry without this assistance. In the past few months the percentage of our neighbors needing food has risen by about 60%.
The cost of gasoline, heating oil and food, among other necessities, has escalated to outrageous proportions. The rising number of people seeking food has often depleted the food supply available in the food pantry of the Division of Social Services, as well as other food pantries throughout the County. As the cooler seasons approach, the necessity to maintain an adequate supply of food has become vital to aid the rising number of those in need.
The County of Sussex will be conducting a food drive from September 22, 2008 through September 26, 2008, to restock the food pantry of the Division of Social Services. Items needed are those required to feed a family; shelf stable milk, cereal, peanut butter, jelly, crackers, meals in a can, soup, tuna or other proteins in a can. Personal items are always needed. Also welcome are cash donations through which perishable food goods or vouchers are purchased as needed. Please contact the Division of Social Services directly at 973-383-3600 for cash donations. Cash donations are used to buy essential food items such as milk for small children.
Donations can be made at the following Sussex County Buildings between the hours of 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m.: Sussex County Administrative Building, One Spring Street, Newton (phone number: 973-579-0559 ext. 1227), in receptacles located just outside of the elevator on the first floor; the Division of Social Services, 83 Spring Street, Suite 203, Newton (phone number: 973-383-3600); the Division of the Homestead (see receptionist), 129 Morris Turnpike, Newton (phone number: 973-948-5400); the Office of Transit, 112 Sunset Inn Road, Lafayette (phone number: 973-579-0480 ext. 1401). Special arrangements can be made for after hour donations by calling 973-383-3600. All donations will be delivered to the Division of Social Services and provided to those in need.
If anyone is in need of food for themselves, their family or their pets, they can stop by the Division of Social Services, 83 Spring Street, Newton, on Monday through Friday between 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. No appointments are necessary.
Please join this cause to help our neighbors in need.