EGG HARBOR TOWNSHIP – Atlantic County Utilities Authority Holiday Food Drive brought in more than 26,000 pounds of food for the Community FoodBank of New Jersey Southern Branch.

Residents in Atlantic County put out bags of canned, nonperishable items with their recycling during the first two weeks of December. ACUA’s recycling collection crews picked up donations during the two-week drive.

ACUA’s Holiday Food Drive has been held for the past 26 years and gives residents an easy and convenient way to help the needy and the environment.

All canned goods collected through the Holiday Food Drive are distributed through the food bank to more than 300 charities throughout Atlantic, Cape May, Cumberland and parts of Burlington counties. More people than ever before have been looking to the food bank and its partner agencies for help, and the support provided by ACUA’s recycling customers will make a difference for many people in need.

“We sincerely appreciate all of the Atlantic County residents who so generously donated the much-needed food during this year’s collection,” ACUA President Rick Dovey said. “These donations really do make a difference in the lives of those less fortunate."

“We are extremely grateful to the ACUA and the many, many residents who contributed to such an outstanding result," said food bank Vice President Richard J. Uniacke. “It is this generosity on a local level that enables us to continue feeding South Jersey in partnership with more than 300 agencies in our network."

The 26,087 pounds of food collected brings the total amount of food collected over the past 26 years to more than 814,017 pounds.

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