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Food Banks Gearing Up For Holiday Season

Supplies at the Food Bank warehouse in Hillside
Community Food Bank of New Jersey

The holiday season is approaching and food pantries in New Jersey are appealing for donations.

Julienne Cherry with the Community Food Bank of New Jersey says many residents can’t afford to buy the food their families need.

“In the state of New Jersey we still have one million people that are food insecure. And of that almost 300,00 of them are kids, and that’s one in seven kids. So, the need is still there. For every dollar that someone donates we’re able to actually provide three meals.”

Cherry is appealing for donations of turkeys and supplies.

“We’re looking at staple items that a normal family would eat. So think about pasta, pasta sauce, vegetables, fruits, rice, nonperishables that we would put into a box a family could put into their food pantry and have access to that food daily.”

The Food Bank is hoping it’ll be able to distribute 22-thousand turkeys to ensure the hungry have a Thanksgiving meal. And it’s planning food drives throughout the year to help meet the continued demand for assistance.