On Saturday, November 23, a total of one hundred sixty members of Faith Lutheran Church and the New Providence community gathered at Faith Lutheran to sort and pack $27,000 of canned and packaged food, designated for the needy. The food had been collected by cub scout troops of New Providence.
The volunteers prepared 140 boxes of food for 33 local families, most of who live in New Providence. The boxes were accompanied by turkeys, collected by Our Lady of Peace Church, and pies baked by the home economics class at New Providence High School. The boxes were distributed to the local residents by the New Providence Community Service Association.
More than 350 boxes were delivered by Faith Lutheran Church to StarFish Pantry, a combined Jewish/Christian organization in Plainfield, which provides emergency aid to about 9,000 people in that area, two-thirds of whom are children. Although the resources of the Pantry had almost been depleted, the new food will meet the needs of the Pantry throughout the winter and early spring.
Cheryl Bock of Faith Lutheran and New Providence was the chairperson of the Fall Food Drive. This is the thirteenth consecutive year that Ms. Bock has fulfilled this significant responsibility.
For more information about the food collection and other outreach programs of Faith Lutheran Church, one may call the church office at 908-464-5177 or e-mail the church at Family.Faith@verizon.net The web site is famfaith.org.
Picture - Cheryl Bock, chairperson of the Fall Food Drive for the past thirteen years, and her daughter, Jessica, a senior at the University of Delaware, who has returned to New Providence each of the past four years, to assist her mother.