In this time of crisis, hunger and food insecurity have increased significantly. A food bank near me reported a one-week increase of 116 percent. They need our help.
Below is a list of food banks in my area, please consider making a donation of any amount. Whatever you can spare - $5, $10, or more will go a long way to help our neighbors and our community.
The reason why I am suggesting you donate money is that some of the larger food banks indicated that although they still welcome food and personal hygiene donations at their respective sites, they prefer online monetary donations at the present time. The money allows them to buy in large quantities from wholesalers to maintain their stock without asking donors to make drop-off trips.
I hope you will consider donating today. Any amount that you can afford will help feed those in need.
For those organizations that are still accepting food or other items, please call to get the precise information about what is most needed and when and where to deliver items.
We welcome your suggestions, since we intend to update this information on a regular basis. Take care of yourselves, your family and please consider making a donation that will help our neighbors.
Please note: the addresses given are for donations of food and personal items; for monetary donations, please go to the websites for instructions - the mailing addresses are sometimes different from the physical addresses.
Flemington Area Food Pantry
154 Route 31 North, Flemington, 08822 (across the parking lot from the front of the Flemington WalMart)
Food Bank Network of Somerset
Building 9-E, Easy Street, Bridgewater, 08807
Hillsborough Food Bank
The Peter J. Biondi Building, 379 South Branch Road, Hillsborough, 08844
Montgomery Township Food Bank
Otto Kaufman Community Center, 356 Skillman Rd, Skillman, 08558
McFoods of Middlesex County
(732) 745-5548 or (609) 409-5033
28 Kennedy Boulevard, Suite 850, East Brunswick, 08816
South Brunswick Township Food Bank
https://register.capturepoint.com/reg/donation (for monetary donations)
(732) 329-4000, ext. 7674
Municipal Building, 540 Ridge Road, Monmouth Junction, 08852
(formerly Crisis Ministry of Mercer County)
61 Nassau Street, Princeton, 08540 (Nassau Presbyterian Church)
Suggested Collection Items: NOTE; Gluten free, low sugar, low sodium always appreciated; all items must be sealed; all items must be well within their “used by” or “sell by” date.
- Canned meals - tuna fish, spam, Spaghettio O-type products, beef stew, hearty soups
- Fruits and Vegetables - corn, green beans, peas, carrots, peas, beans, asparagus, dried fruits of all types
- Breakfast - cereal, oatmeal, granola bars, breakfast bars, pop tarts, canned fruits (low sugar), pancake mix, syrup
- Lunch - peanut butter, jelly, crackers of all types, canned fruits (low sugar), pretzels, Jello, pudding, applesauce
- Starches - rice, pasta, boxed potatoes, macaroni and cheese
- Spices/condiments - adobo, flour tortilla mix, garlic powder, minced garlic, corn meal, Sazon seasoning, corn oil, vinegar
- Desserts - cake/bread mixes, Jello, pudding, brownie mix, fruit fillings
- Baby items - diapers, wipes, baby lotion, baby wash, baby cereal, formula, baby food
- Paper Products - paper towels, napkins, toilet paper, tissues, reusable plastic utensils and plates
- Beverages - water, juice, coffee, tea, condensed milk