Woodbridge's food banks received $5,170 from a district-wide bowling fundraiser.
The second 'Bowl for Hunger' event raised over $17,000, said Assemblyman Craig J. Coughlin (D-19) at a press conference.
Coughlin, with the Raritan Bay Medical Center Foundation and Middlesex Water Company, sponsored the event - held at the Woodbridge Bowling Center - which benefited 19th District food banks.
Each of Woodbridge's 11 food pantries received $470. They include: “Elijah’s Bread” Fellowship Bible Church, First Baptist Church of Woodbridge, First Congregational Church of Woodbridge, First Presbyterian Church of Avenel, First Presbyterian Church of Iselin, First Presbyterian Church of Woodbridge, Heaven’s Helpers, Metro Park Assembly of God, St. Cecelia’s Food Pantry, St. James Food Pantry, and Trinity Church Food Pantry & Soup Kitchen.
Food banks in Carteret, Perth Amboy, Sayreville, and South Amboy also received $470 for each of their food banks.
Peter Barcellona, who chairs Woodbridge’s “We Feed” Committee which represents the township's food banks, said that the pantries feed 600 families in the township each month.
Barcellona praised the 'Bowl for Hunger' event and called the money a "blessing" for the good it will do for needy families.
Over 350 participants bowled for the cause, and 73 corporate, community and individual sponsors donated at least $100 to the event.