County Food Banks in Need of Donations: Rate of Food Insecurity Is Still Rising
Somerset County food banks are reporting that the number of families who are food-unstable has doubled since the onset of the healthcare crisis. This sudden need is causing a rapid depletion of resources, and food bank managers are concerned the food supply will not be sustainable without continuous and substantial donations.
“Many New Jersey residents are suffering,” said Somerset County Freeholder Director Robinson. “For those who are fortunate enough to have the resources, donating just one item or one dollar to a food bank of your choice can make a difference.”
According to food bank managers, shelf-stable items such as tuna fish, canned meat, peanut butter and jelly, cereal, milk and other essential items such as diapers, and paper goods are in high demand.
“The number of residents seeking assistance has increased by almost 200%,” said Somerset County Community Development Director and committee member of Community Organizations Active in Disaster Kimberly Cowart. “Some fear that food banks will not be able to keep up with the demand over time. I hope residents, who are able, will donate to help their neighbors.”
For a list of local food banks. Residents may also leave cans of food in plastic bags marked “food” along with their recycling, which will be picked up on their regularly scheduled recycling days. Only non-perishable items will be accepted. Donations will be delivered to the Food Bank Network of Somerset County. To donate online to the Food Bank Network of Somerset County, visit http://somersetfoodbank.org/.
The Food Bank Network of Somerset County is a nonprofit organization that collaborates with local food pantries located in Somerville, Bound Brook, North Plainfield and Bridgewater to distribute food and other essential items to residents who are in need.
The Somerset County Community Organizations Active in Disaster (SCOAD) is a county-run taskforce that is activated during a public emergency. SCOAD is comprised of local non-profits, municipal and county leaders who collaborate and strategize about how to help keep residents safe and informed during a state or federal catastrophe.