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Annual spring collection brings in 10 tons of goods

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  • Pedro Negron
    Annual spring collection brings in 10 tons of goods Monday, June 2, 2003 By MARY KATE FRANK HERALD NEWS The Action Against Hunger spring food drive brought in
    Message 1 of 2 , Jun 2, 2003
      Annual spring collection brings in 10 tons of goods
      Monday, June 2, 2003

      By MARY KATE FRANK
      HERALD NEWS


      The Action Against Hunger spring food drive brought in 19,914 pounds -
      or about 10 tons - of food on Sunday. That's about half the amount
      collected during last spring's food drive.

      The goal of the drive was to collect 20 tons of food.

      "It may well be an indication of how poor the economy really is,"
      said Diane Haines, community relations manager for the daily division
      of the North Jersey Media Group, which sponsors the drive. The North
      Jersey Media Group publishes the Herald News and The Record.

      The wet weather may also have contributed to the lower number of
      donations, she said.

      The spring drive, which was conducted for the first time last year,
      supplements the annual food drive held by North Jersey Media Group
      every October since 1991. Action Against Hunger is the largest food
      drive in the metropolitan area, serving more than 40,000 clients
      through 55 pantries.

      "From its earliest days up to and including this effort, the food
      drive has met a basic survival need for an underserved population and
      pulled at the heartstrings of community members and our company
      employees alike," said Jon Markey, president and CEO of North Jersey
      Media Group.

      The food drive ran from noon to 4 p.m. Volunteers collected donated
      food and loaded it into trailers in the parking lots of The Record in
      Hackensack and the Herald News in West Paterson. Cash donations
      totaling $5,000 were also collected.

      Marcal Paper Co. in Elmwood Park provided two tractor-trailers to
      deliver donated food to the Community FoodBank of New Jersey in
      Hillsdale. Once there, the food is weighed and sorted for
      distribution to 55 pantries throughout North Jersey.

      Summer is an especially important time to donate food, according to
      food bank executives.

      "Hunger doesn't take a vacation," said Kathleen DiChiara, executive
      director of Community FoodBank of New Jersey. "Many children from low-
      income families who rely on subsidized school breakfast and or lunch
      programs lose this important food source over the summer and their
      families turn to local pantries in greater numbers to offset this
      loss."

      People who may have missed the drive, or wish to continue to help,
      can donate money, which is used by the pantries to purchase
      additional food, including perishable items such as protein, on an as-
      needed basis throughout the year.

      "The food drive started 12 years ago as one day in October," said
      Haines. "Now it's a full-time effort 12 months a year, so we
      certainly haven't given up."

      Tax deductible donations should be made payable to Action Against
      Hunger, and mailed to the program c/o North Jersey Media Group
      Foundation, P.O. Box 271, 150 River St., Hackensack, NJ 07601.
      Contributions through the Foundation are distributed equitably to all
      pantries operating in the North Jersey area based on the numbers of
      clients served.

      Reach Mary Kate Frank at (973) 569-7155 or frank@....
    • Pedro Negron
      Annual spring collection brings in 10 tons of goods Monday, June 2, 2003 By MARY KATE FRANK HERALD NEWS The Action Against Hunger spring food drive brought in
      Message 2 of 2 , Jun 2, 2003
        Annual spring collection brings in 10 tons of goods
        Monday, June 2, 2003

        By MARY KATE FRANK
        HERALD NEWS


        The Action Against Hunger spring food drive brought in 19,914 pounds -
        or about 10 tons - of food on Sunday. That's about half the amount
        collected during last spring's food drive.

        The goal of the drive was to collect 20 tons of food.

        "It may well be an indication of how poor the economy really is,"
        said Diane Haines, community relations manager for the daily division
        of the North Jersey Media Group, which sponsors the drive. The North
        Jersey Media Group publishes the Herald News and The Record.

        The wet weather may also have contributed to the lower number of
        donations, she said.

        The spring drive, which was conducted for the first time last year,
        supplements the annual food drive held by North Jersey Media Group
        every October since 1991. Action Against Hunger is the largest food
        drive in the metropolitan area, serving more than 40,000 clients
        through 55 pantries.

        "From its earliest days up to and including this effort, the food
        drive has met a basic survival need for an underserved population and
        pulled at the heartstrings of community members and our company
        employees alike," said Jon Markey, president and CEO of North Jersey
        Media Group.

        The food drive ran from noon to 4 p.m. Volunteers collected donated
        food and loaded it into trailers in the parking lots of The Record in
        Hackensack and the Herald News in West Paterson. Cash donations
        totaling $5,000 were also collected.

        Marcal Paper Co. in Elmwood Park provided two tractor-trailers to
        deliver donated food to the Community FoodBank of New Jersey in
        Hillsdale. Once there, the food is weighed and sorted for
        distribution to 55 pantries throughout North Jersey.

        Summer is an especially important time to donate food, according to
        food bank executives.

        "Hunger doesn't take a vacation," said Kathleen DiChiara, executive
        director of Community FoodBank of New Jersey. "Many children from low-
        income families who rely on subsidized school breakfast and or lunch
        programs lose this important food source over the summer and their
        families turn to local pantries in greater numbers to offset this
        loss."

        People who may have missed the drive, or wish to continue to help,
        can donate money, which is used by the pantries to purchase
        additional food, including perishable items such as protein, on an as-
        needed basis throughout the year.

        "The food drive started 12 years ago as one day in October," said
        Haines. "Now it's a full-time effort 12 months a year, so we
        certainly haven't given up."

        Tax deductible donations should be made payable to Action Against
        Hunger, and mailed to the program c/o North Jersey Media Group
        Foundation, P.O. Box 271, 150 River St., Hackensack, NJ 07601.
        Contributions through the Foundation are distributed equitably to all
        pantries operating in the North Jersey area based on the numbers of
        clients served.

        Reach Mary Kate Frank at (973) 569-7155 or frank@....
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