Hunger Relief - How You Can Help

Many of our PTOs and families have joined others in the Westfield community in supporting hunger relief efforts during the COVID-19 pandemic.  
 
Here's how you can help:
 
  • MONDAYS:  The Jefferson PTO and Early Act Club are among those who are collecting canned/packaged food and toiletries for the Plainfield Food Bank and Salvation Army of Plainfield.  Donations can be dropped off between 9 a.m. - 12 p.m. on Mondays at 490 Otisco Avenue (a Harmony Design Group truck will be on location for donations) or 322 Elm Street (the Hertell Building, corner of Kimball & Elm. a ShoreLine East construction truck will be on location for donations). 

    They ask for the following items that are running low in their food bank - but will accept other items above and beyond this list:

     Food Related Items:

    Pasta
    Rice
    Pasta sauces  
    Baby Food (canned & shelf stable)
    Canned goods (veggies, fruit, beans, etc.)
    Can Openers (extras around the house)
    Mac & Cheese
    Jelly
    Canned Tuna
    Cereal
    Snack Bars
    Peanut Butter or Other Nut Butter Jars
    Lunchables
    Crackers
    Canned or Boxed Soups
    OATMEAL
    Apple Sauce
    Shelf stable milk - any type
    Non-Perishable Items

    Non Food Items need:

    Shampoo,
    Conditioner
    Soap
    Toothpaste
    Deodorant
    Disposable Razors (men's and women's)
    Disposable Diapers, especially sizes 3,4,5, and 6.

    Thank you for helping us help others!  

  • WEDNESDAYS:  From the Rotary Club of Westfield:
    The families of St Joseph’s Social Service Center/The Elizabeth Coalition are in crisis. With schools closed, the school lunches many students depend on are not available, and they aren’t receiving the “second lunch Tuesday” sandwiches Westfield schools have provided for many years. With this program on hold while our schools are closed, we are appealing for your help.

    Please make sandwiches, individually wrapped and labeled with ingredients, with no condiments. It is vital that every step of preparation follows safe food handling and sanitation practices; we must eliminate any risk of virus transmission. See link for food items requested. 

    https://www.sjeliz.org/donate-food.html?fbclid=IwAR2M1326vCdhzITYfszVksKyrfSmbeMxaizvky8zi16I0BiE21VEA0DYPnQ

    Please drop off donations before 11:00 am each Wednesday. There are 2 drop-off locations- north side at the home of Ellen Windorf, 529 Hanford Ave., and south side at the home of Ray Kostyack, 438 Poe Ave. Drop off the food into bins, and please use gloves. We will also deliver donated canned & dried/boxed foods. 

    If you are able to, please also consider making a financial contribution. You won’t find a more worthy organization.  

     https://www.sjeliz.org/donate---annual-appeal---2019.html

    Thank you for your support.

  • FRIDAYS: The local communities of Westfield, Garwood, Cranford, Fanwood, Clark, Mountainside & Scotch Plains have teamed up to help support the Rahway Food for Friends Food Bank & Soup Kitchen
    – You can help by donating the necessary Food Pantry Items or Donate Funds to help support
    the initiative & their soup kitchen

    RAHWAY FOOD FOR FRIENDS
    Food Pantry & Soup Kitchen
    1221 New Brunswick Ave
    RAHWAY, NJ
    (732) 381-7201
    https://www.rahwayfoodforfriendsnj.org/

    Donate to Rahway Food for Friends via PayPal:
    https://www.paypal.com/donate/?token=gFV7xZ8Cm9RrLMwLRbMZiL6u31Vh72cwqEb2Im-
    AQGdVpPNsBn53MeYr6bFivQXgD5EmtW&country.x=US&locale.x=US

    Pickup Point 9am to 12pm Noon on Fridays:
    Westfield – South Side - 490 Otisco Drive – Westfield, NJ 07090. Donations can be placed in a Harmony Design Group
    truck. 
    Westfield – North Side - 322 Elm St – Westfield, NJ 07090, at the Hertell Building on the corner of Kimball Avenue and Elm
    Street. Donations can be placed in the Shoreline East Construction Corp Truck.

    Garwood/Cranford – Crossroads Bar & Restaurant– 78 North Avenue – Garwood, NJ – Donations can be placed in a
    Cuccaro Landscaping Pickup Truck on location & A Star Painting Pickup Truck on location 

    Pickup Point 10am to 1pm on Fridays:
    Fanwood / Scotch Plains – Shovlin Mattress Factory - 35 South Avenue - Fanwood, NJ 07023 – Shovlin will have multiple vehicles to handle the drop off initiative

    Clark, NJ – High School Parking Lot – ALJ HS – Clark/Garwood Regional High School at 365 Westfield Ave - 1180 Raritan Rd, Clark, NJ 07066 – There will be an A+ Painting Pickup Truck on location for food/pantry item drop-off

    After, the vehicles will head to the Food Pantry:
    1221 New Brunswick Ave
    RAHWAY, NJ
    Nadine – Cell – 732-423-1350
    Latoya – Cell – 908-937-5301

    Items Needed Non-Perishables (but not limited to):
    Food Related Items:
    Pasta
    Rice
    Pasta sauces
    Baby Food (canned & shelf stable)
    Canned goods (veggies, fruit, beans, etc.)
    Can Openers (extras around the house)
    Mac & Cheese
    Jelly
    Canned Tuna
    Cereal
    Snack Bars
    Peanut Butter or Other Nut Butter Jars
    Lunchables
    Crackers
    Canned or Boxed Soups
    Oatmeal
    Apple Sauce
    Shelf stable milk - any type

    Non-Perishable Items - Non-Food Items needed:
    Hand & Body Lotion
    Shampoo
    sanitizer & sanitizer wipes
    Toilet paper
    Napkins
    Conditioner
    Soap
    Toothpaste
    Deodorant
    Disposable Razors (men's and women's)
    Disposable Diapers, especially sizes 3,4,5, and 6
    Socks

SATURDAYS:   The Westfield Fun Club (westfieldfunclub@gmail.com) is a not for profit that has shifted from providing educational and social programs to helping local families in Westfield, Garwood, Roselle and Elizabeth with emergency food needs.  They now make twice weekly deliveries of essential staples and fresh produce and meat to over 60 families and are collecting items to meet these needs, which have grown exponentially since stay at home orders have been implemented. Items can be dropped off at 615 Shadowlawn Drive or 1123 Grandview Avenue.  Non-perishables can be dropped any day, and perishables before noon on Saturdays.
 
Items most needed are: 
  • Pasta
  • Pasta Sauce
  • Mac and Cheese
  • Beans
  • Veggie Stock
  • Fresh Produce
  • Fresh Meat
  • Milk
  • Eggs
  • Butter
  • Sandwich Bread
  • Cereal 
  • Oil
  • Toilet Paper
  • Paper Towel
  • Tissues
  • Baby Wipes
  •  

We also have an Amazon wish list: (Log in and select Fun Club Emergency Supplies as address).  

 

 

Source: Westfield Public Schools