TRENTON – Senator Paul Sarlo commended the transportation agencies and the State Police for coming together to raise awareness on hunger and to help fill pantries in New Jersey through its 2021 food drive and urged the public’s support and participation.
“This is a team effort to collect food and raise money for New Jersey food banks at a time of real need for families in communities throughout the state,” said Senator Sarlo (D-Bergen). “As an advocate for and a member of the transportation industry I applaud all the transportation agencies and the New Jersey State Police for coming together in this drive for hunger relief. The problems of food insecurity have been made worse by COVID-19. This is an opportunity to do something about it.”
The second annual New Jersey Transportation Industry Food Drive will take place on November 13 in the parking lot of the New Jersey Turnpike Authority’s headquarters in Woodbridge. In the event of rain, the drive will be held on Nov. 14.
Partnering in this effort are: the New Jersey State Police, Troopers United, the Turnpike Authority, the New Jersey Department of Transportation, NJ TRANSIT, the South Jersey Transportation Authority, the New Jersey chapter of the American Council of Engineering Companies, the Utility and Transportation Contractors Association, and the New Jersey Alliance for Action.
Last year, more than 80,000 pounds of food and personal care items were collected. It was delivered to more than a dozen food banks and shelters around New Jersey in time for the holiday. The drive yielded 83 pallets of food and other items, as well as cash contributions of more than $10,000.
Members of the public can participate by dropping off donations at NJTA headquarters, 1 Turnpike Plaza, Woodbridge, between 9 a.m. and 1 p.m. on Nov. 13th. Monetary contributions can be made by check payable to the Troopers United Foundation, at PO Box 1236, Hammonton, NJ 08037. All the contributions will be donated to New Jersey food banks.