Fair Lawn Food Pantry needs donations

Chris Bernardo
By Chris Bernardo July 7, 2016 16:09 Updated

Now that school is out for the summer the food pantry is in need of more donations.

Liz Maresca Twiggs, who runs the food pantry, explained that fewer donations come in during the summer months but the demand can increase with students home from school.

“We have more of a drain on the food pantry,” said Twiggs.

Since many donations come from schools and youth organizations and many people are away on vacation, Twiggs said less comes in to the pantry during the summer.

The pantry, which is run by the Fair Lawn Human Services Department, assists borough residents who need help getting through hard times. Funded entirely by private donations, the food pantry is utilized on a regular basis by many Fair Lawn families who receive food and personal products and when necessary.

“We can always use a little bit of everything,” said Twiggs.

With children home there is more of a need for items that can be used for lunches and snacks.

The Fair Lawn Food Pantry is low or completely depleted of pasta sauce (jars or cans), jelly, juice, snacks for kids, canned fruit, milk (dry, boxed, canned) Chef Boyardee type products and macaroni and cheese.

With more drop-off locations available now, donations can be accepted even when borough hall is closed.

“It makes it a little easier,” said Twiggs.

Donations can be dropped off at the following locations:

The Fair Lawn Municipal Building, 8-01 Fair Lawn Ave., Room 112, during the summer months from Monday to Thursday from 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.

The Fair Lawn Chamber of Commerce, 12-45 River Road, from Monday to Friday from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Please only drop off smaller donations such as a bag or two.

Big Ed’s Car Wash Detailing & Quick Lube, 17-16 River Road, during business hours from Monday to Sunday from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.

In addition to food, the pantry is also accepting donations of school supplies to get ready for the next school year. Twiggs said there are many older children in needs of supplies so items like binders, filler paper, notebooks and pens are needed.

Donations of food and personal products (non-perishables) for the pantry are accepted year-round. Monetary donations are also accepted and checks should be made payable to Fair Lawn Human Services Trust.

For more information or large donations, call 201-794-5333 or email hhs@fairlawn.org. For an up-to-date list of items needed by the pantry like its page on Facebook.

Read the full article at NorthJersey.com

Chris Bernardo
By Chris Bernardo July 7, 2016 16:09 Updated

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