WOODBRIDGE – The Mayor’s Summer Concert Series brought in nearly 60,000 pounds of food this year for Township food pantries and families in need.
"The annual summer concert food drive is without doubt the most important program undertaken each summer to replenish dwindling stocks of food stuffs at Township food banks," Mayor McCormac said. "Each year, concert goers donate more and more food as ever-increasing audiences attend and enjoy the outdoor entertainment. I'm proud of the Woodbridge Township residents and patrons who attend the concerts and donate canned goods and non-perishable food to help their neighbors who might otherwise go hungry."
According to Mayor McCormac, the annual "Mayor's Summer Concert Series" has become a summer mainstay in Woodbridge - as have the community residents who attend the concerts and donate food to area food banks. With the support of local businessman Paul Sansone, Sansone Route 1 Auto Mall, Bill Caulfield, Manager, ShopRite of Woodbridge and Amy Bellisano, General Manager, Woodbridge Center Mall, the summer concert program partners with area food pantries, churches, parishes, schools, and community and senior organizations to replenish and restock Township food pantries. Peter Barcellona, Chairman of the "We Feed Woodbridge" Committee said the 2010 summer concert food drive netted nearly 60,000 pounds of food - some 19,000 pounds more than the 2009 collection of just over 41,000 pounds of canned goods and non-perishable food items.Barcellona noted that non-perishable foods (canned goods, pre-package and boxed foods, baby food, etc.) were collected and sorted by volunteers from the Department of Health & Human Services and area food banks. The food items have been distributed to needy Woodbridge Township families and individuals through the following food pantries:
- Heavens Helper's Pantry, 343 Pearl Street, Woodbridge (formerly Congregation Adath Israel) (732-742-8942)
- First Presbyterian Church, 20 Middlesex Avenue, Iselin, (732-283-1188)
- Trinity Episcopal Church, Trinity Lane, Woodbridge, (732-634-7422)
- Metro Park Assembly of God, 48 Berkeley Blvd., Iselin, (732-310-8758)
- First Presbyterian Church, 600 Rahway Avenue, Woodbridge, (732-634-1024)
- St. James Roman Catholic Church, 174 Grove Street, Woodbridge, (732-636-4310)
- First Presbyterian Church of Avenel, 621 E. Woodbridge Avenue, (732-634-1631)
- First Congregational Church-Women of Faith, Barron Avenue, Woodbridge, (732-634-0582)
- St. Cecelia Roman Catholic Church, 45 Wilus Way, Iselin (732-283-0150)
- Elijah's Bread Food Pantry, Ridgedale and E. Prospect Avenues, Woodbridge (732-636-7727)
According to a recent U.S. Department of Agriculture report, more than 14 million American families - 11.9 percent of all U.S. households - are at some time during the year uncertain of, or unable to purchase enough food for their family.
The ongoing effort to keep Woodbridge Township food banks stocked throughout the year continues with food donations being part of various Township-sponsored events such as the upcoming "Cast a Can When You Cast Your Vote" Election Day food drive on Tues., Nov. 2 and the Barron Arts Center Holiday Concert and annual Holiday Train Show & Display.
Non-perishable foods can be dropped off any weekday at the Woodbridge Township Public Health Center, 2 George Frederick Plaza, between 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. Additional food drop-off locations are at Woodbridge Town Hall, 1 Main Street, the Woodbridge Library, 1 George Frederick Plaza, and at the Woodbridge Community Center, 600 Main Street.
Additional information about the "We Feed Woodbridge" food bank committee is available by contcting Peter Barcellona at 732-855-0600 x5034.