East Windsor plans post-holiday food drive

By Lea Kahn, Staff Writer
Thanksgiving and Christmas have both passed, but that should not signal the need to stop donating food to area food pantries for residents in need.
That’s why East Windsor Township is launching a month-long food drive during January to keep the shelves full in the food pantries at RISE and St. Anthony of Padua Catholic Church.
The New Year’s Food Drive kicks off Jan. 1 and runs through Jan. 31, Mayor Janice S. Mironov said.
“As the holiday season and its special focus on good deeds passes, we want to remind everyone that the need for assistance to people in our area continues,” Mayor Mironov said.
“(And) as we begin a new year, let us remember our neighbors who need our help and support, especially during the winter months,” the mayor said.
Residents can jump-start the food drive by bringing non-perishable food items to Township Council’s reorganization meeting, set for 2 p.m. on New Year’s Day at the Senior Center at 40 Lanning Boulevard.
Donations of non-perishable food items also can be dropped off at the East Windsor Township Municipal Building at 16 Lanning Boulevard on weekdays, between 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m.
Additional drop-off sites are the East Windsor Township Police/Court Building at 80 One Mile Road, where items can be left off at any time of the day or night, and the East Windsor Volunteer Fire Co. No. 2 firehouse at 69 Twin Rivers Drive.
Mayor Mironov pointed out that donations typically drop off after the holidays, and that’s one reason why the township is launching the post-holiday food drive. She said she hopes this special effort will help to feed area residents who are in need of some assistance.
All food donations will be given to the food pantry at RISE and to the Green House Food Pantry at St. Anthony of Padua Catholic Church to be distributed to local families and individuals.
For questions, please call 609-443-4000, ext. 240.