Rotary Thanksgiving Food Drive Takes Aim at Hunger
More than a ton of food, including 90 frozen turkeys and two hams, were collected last year when the Hackettstown Rotary Club conducted its annual food drive to benefit the NORWESCAP Food Bank. According to club president Nancy Paffendorf of Centenary University, efforts are underway to surpass that number by an additional 2,000 pounds Sat., Nov 18 from 9 am to 1 pm in the parking area of Panera Bread, Rt.57, Mansfield.
The club also is collecting new and gently used coats and jackets for the “Jersey Cares Coat Drive” hosted by Johnson Dodge, Chrysler, Jeep, RAM in Budd Lake.
NJ Radio will be on hand with a “live” broadcast to encourage contributions from listeners. WRNJ president Norman Worth and other Rotarians will talk about the role the Food Bank plays in helping people combat poverty and its resulting problem of food insecurity, particularly for those families and individuals who often have to choose between rent and food.
According to food drive chairperson Maria DiGiovanni, Mayor of Hackettstown, several tons of food and thousands more in cash donations have been collected on behalf of NORWESCAP since the Rotary Club began its annual effort 20 years ago.
“When we see cars and trucks lined up in the Panera Bread parking lot with drivers eager to drop off food and monetary donations in their desire to help, it reminds us, once again, how good it is to live and work in a community that truly cares about its neighbors,” she said. “In fact, many people drop off bags of food from their morning shopping trip and come back later with more. “No matter how tough times are, people understand there are always those in greater need. And they want to help.”
Volunteers will be stationed in the Panera Bread lot, between Shop Rite and Weis supermarkets, to give shoppers an easy drop-off location after they’ve completed their shopping, she added. They won’t have to leave the comfort of their warm cars, either, because club members will meet them as they drive through the parking lot and remove donations of canned and dry foods and frozen turkeys from their cars. NORWESCAP employees will pack donations into a refrigerated truck and accept monetary donations that will assist the Food Bank in the purchase of additional food for distribution.
“People who know the Food Bank and have contributed to our drive in the past know how critical their donations are to the welfare of our neighbors in need, many of whom are children,” she stated. “But what they may not know is that any monetary contribution, no matter how small, is actually the greatest gift because of the purchasing power the NORWESCAP Food Bank has,” she said. “Through its association with the Community Food Bank of NJ, they are able to provide an additional 14 pounds of food with every donated dollar.”
The 2016 food drive also netted $1,155 in cash and gift card contributions which allowed the Food Bank to make available an additional 16,170 pounds of food to local residents in need.
Items needed Nov.18 include frozen turkeys, hams, and canned and dry goods and household items such as paper products and toiletries. Holiday food items needed include canned gravies, fruits, and vegetables; instant mashed potatoes, and stuffing. Also needed are donations of pasta and sauces, canned tuna, peanut butter, coffee, cereal, and boxed juices, although all donations will be gratefully accepted.
“People in the Hackettstown and greater Mansfield areas are always very generous at the food drive,” Ms. DiGiovanni added. “This is one of our club’s activities that has an immediate and lasting impact on the community.”
For more information about the Nov.18 food drive, please contact Kevin Guyette at 908-689-7525. You also may visit hackettstownrotary.org for a full list of needed items.
The Hackettstown Rotary Club is a charitable service organization dedicated to world peace through understanding, and welcomes new members. The club meets regularly on Tuesdays at 12:15 p.m. at The Panther Valley Golf & Country Club. For information, please contact club membership chairs Norman Worth at 908.850.1000 and Jim Travis at 908.852.5555.
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Hackettstown / Warren Hills Annual Offensive & Defensive Game MVP’s
The annual luncheon to honor the most valuable players was held at Centenary University on Tuesday, November 15, 2016. The spirit and tradition was alive and well between the two wonderful communities, symbolized by the outstanding play on both teams in the 91st Hackettstown / Warren Hills game on November 4th. Both teams played hard, exhibiting both sportsmanship and class. Jim Sheldon, Hackettstown Rotary President stated “on behalf of all Rotarians in both communities congratulations went out to the Blue Streaks on the win and the Tigers on an outstanding effort.”
Warren Hills Regional Head Coach, Larry Dubiel stands with great pride to honor the “Blue Streaks” most valuable player of Offense going to Ryan Gill and most valuable player of Defense going to Matt Dufner.
Hackettstown Head Coach, Carl Robinson stands with great pride to honor the “Tigers” most valuable player of Offense going to Matt O’Brien and most valuable player of Defense going to Kyle Connelly.
A tradition began in 1986 where the winner of the game gets to keep the beater board at their school for the year. The beater board is a board, which consists of the history of each teams wins. This was to promote good sportsmanship, positive community support and positive school pride. This year the beater board went to the Warren Hills Blue Streaks.
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Ghana Food Shelter Dedication - To all of you who have been so supportive of the various Ghana initiatives please enjoy the photos of the latest accomplishment that could only have happened through your collective generosity. This holiday season, you have helped improve the quality of life for a small community over 5,000 miles from New Jersey.
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