The 2013 Season of Giving Food Drive will collect nonperishable food items and supermarket gift cards from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 14 in multiple locations around Woodbridge Township.
Organized by township administration and council and the We Feed Woodbridge committee, the goal of the food drive is to collect 10,000 pounds of food for pantries around Woodbridge that serve people without enough to eat.
More than 600 families are served by food pantries through Woodbridge on a regular basis, according to mayor John E. McCormac.
It's not a static population, as people who have donated to township food pantries in the past are now recipients of them, he said.
The "need is great," for donations, as new people sign up each week for the food pantry at the First Presbyterian Church of Woodbridge, said Rev. Shelley Gardner.
The food pantry at the Metro Park Assembly of God in Iselin had particular difficulty when it had to close for a year to recover from Hurricane Sandy, said Rev. Leslie Samuel.
"(Donations) will be put to use responsibly" he said.
In addition to the Dec. 14 drop-off, food will be collected at the following events:
- Holiday Arts and Gingerbread Decorating from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 7 at Parker Press Park.
- The Holiday Stroll on Main Street from 1-4 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 7.
- Poets Wednesday at 8 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 11 at the Barron Arts Center.
- The Barron Arts Center Annual Holiday Concert at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 13.
- Pictures with Santa from 10-11:30 a.m. Sunday, Dec. 15 at Parker Press Park.