Sussex County Residents "Stuff the Bus"
SUSSEX COUNTY RESIDENTS “STUFF THE BUS”
Eight busloads full of food were collected at the Lafayette and Wantage Quick Chek on Monday and Tuesday November 23rd and 24th during the “Stuff the Bus” campaign to benefit the Sussex County Department of Human Services, Division of Social Services’ food pantry. 103.7 WNNJ’s Rob Moorhead, host of the Moorhead in the Morning show, once again spearheaded the “Stuff the Bus” food drive and was joined this year by 102.3 WSUS morning show personality Steve Andrews. New Jersey Assemblyman Gary Chiusano, Assemblywoman Alison McHose, Sussex County Freeholders Director Vetrano, Deputy Director Parrott, Crabb, Zellman and Zeoli attended the event to greet donors and accept donations. Department of Human Services Administrator Stephen Gruchacz and Division of Social Services Director Carol Novrit were also on hand both mornings to assist with the event. The two day event was open from 5:30 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. for county residents to drop off donations of food or cash to fill a bus provided by Sussex County Skylands Ride (formerly Sussex County Transit).
“Stuff the Bus” raised a new record total of 20,455 pounds of food, 152 turkeys and $2,035.00 in cash donations. As people from the very young to the elderly poured in from every direction to make donations, it became abundantly clear that Sussex County residents truly care about one another. Sussex County was astounded by the outpouring of generosity from people who just wanted help in any way they could. Various schools, the Homestead Nursing Home, Bentley Assisted Living and organizations also collected and delivered food donations to the event. “Stuff the Bus” generated an awareness like nothing Sussex County had ever witnessed before. The first “Stuff the Bus” food drive was hosted by Rob Moorhead in 2008 and raised over 10,700 pounds of food and $600.00 in cash.
The worsening economy and onset of colder weather has put many Sussex County residents in the position of having to choose whether to pay heating costs or food costs. Because of the incredible response to “Stuff the Bus,” many of these individuals and families will not have to make this difficult choice. However, we will soon be challenged in providing food to the ever increasing number of our neighbors needing to use the food pantry to help make ends meet. Without the food pantry assistance many of our neighbors would go hungry.
The County of Sussex, Department of Human Services, Division of Social Services would like to send a warm thank you to Rob Moorhead, Steve Andrews, WNNJ, WSUS and the countless volunteers and residents who made this drive such a success.
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. 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.