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Beginning Monday, Dec. 3 and continuing through Friday, Dec. 14, Atlantic County residents are encouraged to place canned goods at the curb on their recycling collection day as part of the 22nd annual ACUA Holiday Food Drive. Atlantic County Utilities Authority recycling crews will collect the canned goods in conjunction with regularly scheduled recycling pick-ups.
The food drive gives residents an easy and convenient way to help the needy while helping the environment. All canned goods collected will be distributed through the Community FoodBank of New Jersey, Southern Branch, which provides the donated food to more than 250 local charities for distribution to those less fortunate in Atlantic, Cape May, Cumberland, and southeastern Burlington counties.
Last year, residents answered the food bank’s call for assistance and donated 47,800 pounds of non-perishable food items valued at more than $78,000.
To participate, fill any bag, paper or plastic, with your donation and leave at the curb on your recycling day between Dec. 3 and Dec. 14.
Atlantic County residents not serviced through the ACUA curbside recycling program can participate by bringing their donations to the ACUA at 6700 Delilah Road, Egg Harbor Township or to the Community FoodBank of New Jersey at 6735 Horse Pike, Egg Harbor Township. Drop-off locations will also be established at most county library branches. Residents can visit www.acua.com for a complete list of locations.
Items most needed are non-perishable foods, such as canned meats, canned soups, canned vegetables, canned stew and canned fruit. Diapers and baby formula are also needed. Please do not include perishable or frozen items, or food in glass jars.
Call (609) 383-8843 or see www.cfbnj.org/southernbranch for food bank information.
For information about the ACUA’s food drive, call (609) 272-6950 or see www.acua.com.