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Donate food


Ed Muller (center), coordinator of St. Vincent de Paul Food Pantry, accepted donations from Hammonton Lions President Joe Giralo (left) and Presbyterian Church Deacon Becky Villani for holiday food baskets. Both groups presented $1,000 checks to Muller to help with the vital work the food pantry does in our community. (Courtesy Photo)

This time of year is often associated with gatherings of friends, co-workers and family who celebrate with food and drink. It is also the time of year when we think of others who do not have enough to eat. This year the need has been especially profound. The need for food donations has only increased during the pandemic.


Now it’s your turn to step forward and donate food to people who need it most. There are hungry people in every community, and Hammonton is no exception. What makes our town exceptional, however, is our willingness to give to others in need. We are asking everyone who reads this editorial to take some time and donate some food between now and the end of December.


Locally, you can donate food in a variety of ways, including:


• The St. Vincent de Paul Food Pantry. Located at the former St. Joseph Convent at the corner of Third and French Streets, the pantry distributes food to people in need. To donate, contact (609) 412-4604.  The Hammonton Police is also conducting a Holiday Food Drive.


• The ACUA is collecting nonperishable goods on your recycling day in Hammonton the week of December 14. Place your clearly-marked items in a bag and leave them out on your recycling day and the ACUA will bring them to the Community FoodBank of New Jersey.


• Churches throughout town are also collecting food for the needy. Go to each church’s website for more details about how to donate.


• Civic organizations can also help get food donations to people who need it. Again, look at each civic organization’s website to see how to donate.


Let’s come together as a community and help push back on the issue of hunger locally. Together, we can gather many food items and make sure every man, woman and child who needs food this holiday season receives food.


Christmastime, Hanukkah and the holiday season comprise a time of giving. Please donate food and help make a difference in people’s lives this December.


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