Newspaper article The Record (Bergen County, NJ)

Carts Full of Kindness

Newspaper article The Record (Bergen County, NJ)

Carts Full of Kindness

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Their donations may have differed, but the hundreds of people across North Jersey who contributed to the annual Action Against Hunger food drive had the same reason for doing so: They wanted to give to people less fortunate than themselves.

"Nobody should have to go to bed hungry," Carol Flanagan of Hawthorne said as she dropped off three bags of canned goods at a designated location outside the Kings supermarket in Midland Park "I'm blessed to have a roof over my head and food in my stomach, so I wanted to help people who need those things."

At nearly 90 supermarkets, churches and other locations, people dropped off canned goods, pasta, cereal and other items from noon to 4 p.m. on Sunday as part of the 24th annual event. Cash donations also were welcomed.

Last year the drive -- sponsored by the North Jersey Media Group Foundation, the charitable arm of North Jersey Media Group, which publishes The Record and Herald News -- brought in $178,826.25 in food and cash. The foundation said it hoped to raise 10 percent more this year and that the donations would be distributed to approximately 65 food pantries across Bergen, Passaic, Essex and Morris counties.

Volunteers at the supermarket locations handed out small fliers listing suggested items, and chatted with some of the shoppers who had dropped off purchased items.

After the designated shopping carts at each location began to fill up, a representative from the Center for Food Action of Bergen County, CUMAC/ECHO in Paterson, the Interfaith Food Pantry in Morris Plains or Meeting Emergency Needs with Dignity (MEND) of Essex County collected the food to bring it to the pantries across North Jersey.

"This is the time of the year when pantries need food the most," said Janine Harlop, a spokeswoman for the North Jersey Media Group Foundation. "This food drive helps restock their shelves."

Jim Donovan dropped off two large bags of food outside Kilroy's Wonder Market on Rock Road in Glen Rock. …

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