Somerville, NJ – Somerset County embraced Martin Luther King, Jr’s message of service to others to fill more than three rooms of their Somerville offices with food donations over just two days. The effort was in conjunction with President Biden’s National Day of Service and Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day.
“So many of our friends and neighbors in Somerset County are hurting due to the COVID-19 economic downturn,” said Somerset County Commission Director Shanel y. Robinson. “I’m so happy that the Somerset County Democrats were moved by King’s message to lift up their neighbors in these difficult times.”
The donations were loaded into a van from the Foodbank Network of Somerset County and brought to their warehouse in Bridgewater. The donations will then be distributed by the Foodbank Network to families in need to the food pantries located in Somerville, Bound Brook, and North Plainfield.
“Democrats have made great strides as they lead and improve county government in these trying times,” said Somerset County Democratic Chair Peg Schaffer. “But Somerset County Democrats also lead as community volunteers, and this Day of Service food collection is one of dozens of projects led and supported by our members throughout the year.
The mission of The Food Bank Network is to distribute food and to provide other basic human needs to those less fortunate in our community in a manner which recognizes and advances self-worth and human dignity.
“When I walked into the Somerset County Democratic offices this afternoon I was amazed at the quantity of food our volunteers collected in just two days,” said Somerset County Surrogate Tina Jalloh. “Many families in our communities will be able to make it through the pandemic because of the work of the great Food Bank Network of Somerset County volunteers, and I’m glad to do my small part as one of them.”
“Martin Luther King’s message of community and mutual respect is just as important today as it was when he delivered it more than 50 years ago,” said Somerset County Clerk Steve Peter. “This effort for the Day of Service is a tribute to King’s message, and I look forward to carrying it with me throughout the year.”
“The Food Bank Network of Somerset County does amazing work all year ‘round, and I am thrilled to support them today and every day,” said Somerset County Commission Deputy Director Sara Sooy. “I want to thank the Somerset County Democratic volunteers who worked so hard to help so many people to honor Martin Luther King, Jr. and participate in the Day of Service.”
If you or a family member are in need please contact The Food Bank Network of Somerset County at (732) 560-1813.
If you would like to make a financial donation, you can go to https://www.somersetfoodbank.org/donate to do so.
The main pantry is located at 9E Easy Street, Middlebrook Crossroads Industrial Park in Bound Brook, NJ and operates 9:00 AM - 2:30 PM, Monday through Friday.
Additional pantries are located at the Bound Brook Presbyterian Church on 409 Mountain Blvd., Bound Brook, NJ and Shiloh Pentecostal Church on 139 Davenport Street Somerville, NJ and the Vermeule Community Center, 614 Greenbrook Road, North Plainfield, NJ.
The pantries at the Bound Brook Presbyterian Church and Shiloh Pentecostal Church operate 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM, Every Saturday. The pantry at the Vermeule Center operates 10:00 AM - 12 Noon on the Last two Saturdays of the Month.