Watch for Those Orange Curbing Hunger Bags
It’s the 25th Annual Food Drive, Donate and Help Kick Hunger to the Curb
Fill your orange bag or any plastic grocery bag with canned goods and place it next to your blue recycling bin at the curb on your recycling pickup days during the month of June.
Somerset County recycling crews are delivering colorful collection bags for the 25th annual Curbing Hunger Month food drive in June. If your container is at the curb on your regularly scheduled recycling pickup day between now and May 31, you will receive an orange donation bag.
“But don’t worry if you don’t get one of the orange bags,” said Freeholder Director Brian D. Levine. “You can still make a curbside donation of canned food using any plastic grocery bag – just write the word FOOD on it and put it out at the curb on one of your recycling days in June.” Food donations are collected curbside by county recycling crews and county municipal public works employees.
Food supplies are traditionally low during the summer months when school lunch programs close and holiday food drives are not being held. That’s why June is the ideal time to hold the Curbing Hunger Month food drive, which will help alleviate this annual shortage. Donations are distributed to the Food Bank Network of Somerset County and local food pantries, including the Franklin Food Bank.
The demand at local food banks and food pantries continues to be high. You can help by filling your orange bag – or any plastic grocery bag – with canned goods and placing these items at the curb on your recycling pickup days from June 3 through 28, when county recycling crews and county and municipal public works employees will pick up your food donations.
Sponsors of the 2019 Curbing Hunger program include the Board of Chosen Freeholders, Curbing Hunger Inc., the Courier News, MyCentralJersey.com. Affinity Credit Union, TrueLeaf Kitchens, PNC Wealth Management and founding sponsor St. Mark’s Episcopal Church in Basking Ridge.
If you miss either of the Curbing Hunger Month recycling days, curbside donations are collected year-round. Use one of the orange bags or any plastic grocery bag to place canned food at the curb throughout the year on any of your recycling collection days.
Donations of non-perishable food also are accepted at the First Saturday of the Month recycling drop-offs held at the Somerset County Recycling Center at 40 Polhemus Lane in Bridgewater.