In the wake of Hurricane Sandy and the continued economic downturn, more families than ever in Woodbridge are struggling to pay their taxes and keep their heads above water. They're using the township's food banks more than ever, and that is putting a severe strain on resources.
That's why the township administration is asking Woodbridge businesses to give more than before to the annual Valentine's Day "Have-A-Heart" food drive.
The yearly effort consists of the township seeking donations of 214 pounds of food or $214 to assist Woodbridge food pantries in continuing their work of providing food and meals to less fortunate residents and the homeless.
"Circumstances this year demand that we do just a little bit more," the town administration said in a release.
The effort is coordinated by Peter Barcellona, chairman of the campaign, which ends on Valentine's Day.
Last year's campaign totaled $31,877 in cash and more than 23,000 pounds of non-perishable foods, the township administration said.
Donors are asked to deliver either 214 pounds of food or $214 in cash. Food items can be picked up by student volunteers, or dropped off at the Woodbridge Health Center between 9 am and 4 pm weekdays.
Financial donations can be dropped off there as well or mailed to the Woodbridge Department of Health & Human Services, c/o We Feed Woodbridge, 2 George Frederick Plaza, Woodbridge, NJ 07095. (Make checks out to "We Feed Woodbridge.")
For more information, call Barcellona at 732-855-0600, ext. 5034.